January 28, 2016

Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106

CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. (January 28, 2016) – National Farmers Union (NFU) concluded its annual Women’s Conference, marking another successful year of providing women with important skills and guidance to confidently manage risks on their farming and ranching operations.

“This conference offers women of all ages the opportunity to come together to network, refine their leadership and farm management skills, and learn from agricultural experts and leaders,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “Family farm operations and agribusiness board rooms alike benefit from the views and ideas provided by women in our industry.”

The event, which began on Saturday and was held in Clearwater Beach, Florida, included farm tours, networking sessions and breakouts on leadership training, financial planning and Farm Bill programs. Participants also heard from special guests, including: Lilia McFarland, new farmer coordinator at the U.S. Department of Agriculture; Bridget Holcomb, executive director of the Women, Food and Agriculture Network; Dr. Shannon Ferrell, associate professor at Oklahoma State University; and Gary Matteson, vice president for Young, Beginning, Small Farmer Programs and Outreach at Farm Credit.

The conference programming was sponsored by Farm Credit, CHS Foundation, FUI Foundation, NFU Foundation and AgrAbility.

National Farmers Union has been working since 1902 to protect and enhance the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers, ranchers and rural communities through advocating grassroots-driven policy positions adopted by its membership.


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