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Pearls of Production:  Women in Agriculture is an innovative and exciting new program designed to provide leadership and hands-on training opportunities for women livestock producers in Missouri. The program is designed to reach women who are playing larger roles and making key decisions on the farm.

Programs like this are increasingly relevant in the modern livestock production market. According to a study recently released by USDA’s Economic Research Service, Characteristics of Women Farm Operators and Their Farms, found the number of women-operated farms (the individual most responsible for day-to-day management of the farm) nearly tripled from 1978 at 5 % to 14 % by 2007. Of the 3.3 million U.S. farms surveyed in 2007, 30.2% (more than 1 million) were primarily owned by women. The number of female operators jumped 19% from 2002 to 2007, far outpacing the 7% growth in the total number of farmers.


Friday, November 8, 2013
8:30 am  Registration at Bradford Research Center
(refreshments available)
9:00 am Introduction and Welcome
Hot Topics in Animal Agriculture
9:30 am  Connection between Food and Human Health
Dr. Gretchen Hill, Michigan State University
10:30 am Genomics in Today’s World
Sally Northcutt, American Angus Association
11:30 am  Consumer Demand for Meat Products
Collette Kaster, Farmland Industries
Noon Lunch
Political Advocacy Impacts on Animal Agriculture in Missouri
1:00 pm  Standing Up for Agriculture
Chris Chinn, Missouri Swine Producer
2:00 pm Animal Agriculture:  A Federal and State Perspective
Linda Black, Missouri House of Representatives
2:30 pm  Being Active in Your Community and Associations
Darla Eggers, Missouri Beef Producer
Livestock Production General Topics
3:00 pm Technologies to Make Your Life Easier
Dr. Amy Schmidt, University of Nebraska
3:45 pm  Marketing, Leasing and Banking 101
Lynn Heins, University of Missouri
4:30 pm  Business of Animal Health Products
Stacey Follis, Zoetis
5:00 pm  Social
Refreshments and hors d'oeuvres
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Hands-on Demonstrations
8:00 am You will pick one of the following:
  • Beef – University of Missouri Beef Farm
  • Swine – University of Missouri Swine Teaching Barn
  • Small Ruminants (Sheep, Meat Goats and Dairy Goats) – Bradford Research Center
  • Forages – Bradford Research Center
Noon  Adjourn
Presenters:  Heather Smith and Marcia Shannon, University of Missouri
            • Tour of Swine Teaching Barn
            • Reproduction Techniques
            • Farrowing Management
            • Crate side Necropsy
  Small Ruminants
Presenters:  Kendra Graham and Dr. Dusty Nagy, University of Missouri; Charlotte Clifford-Rathert, Lincoln University
            • Herd Health and Quality Assurance
            • Parasite Management
            • Hoof Trimming
            • Kidding and Lambing
Presenters:  Wendy Rapp and Gentrie Shafer, University of Missouri
            • Beef Quality Assurance Certification
            • Beef Cattle Reproduction
Presenters:  Amie Schleicher and Valerie Tate, University of Missouri
            • Basic Forage ID and Physiology
            • Forage Production and Fertility
            • Pasture Monitoring
            • Cover Crop Plants


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