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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 7, 2014
12:30 pm  Registration at Holiday Inn Express and Suites
1:00 pm Introduction and Welcome
Marcia Shannon, University of Missouri and program committee
Hot Topics in Animal Agriculture and YOUR Health
Moderator: Allison Meyer, University of Missouri
1:15 pm  What’s the truth about GMO’s in your food?
Luella Fisher, Missouri Soybean Association
2:15 pm   Meat labeling and what does it mean
Carol Lorenzen and Mary Hendrickson, University of Missouri
3:00 pm BREAK
3:30 pm Pharm safety = Farm safety: Know your medications
Kelly Cochran, University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Pharmacy at MU
4:00 pm  Ergonomics for women
Karen Funkenbush, University of Missouri
4:30 pm Taking care of YOU
Vera Massey, University of Missouri
5:00 pm Challenges of being a female veterinarian
Dawna Voelkl, University of Missouri
6:00 pm Dinner
KEYNOTE Speaker: Tyne Morgan, Host of US Farm Report
Saturday, November 8, 2014
Hands-on/Down and Dirty Production
8:00 am  Breakout Sessions (pick one)

            • Beef - University of MO Beef Farm
            • Swine - University of MO Swine Teaching Barn
            • Small Ruminants - ASRC
            • Forage and Pasture Management - ASRC
            • Business Management - ASRC
Noon  Box Lunch at each location
1:00 pm  Repeat and switch Breakout Sessions (pick one)
5:00 pm  Adjourn
Presenters:  Heather Smith and Marcia Shannon, University of Missouri

Morning Session:                   
              1. Reproductive physiology and tracks
              2. Artificial insemination
              3. Heat detection
              4. Semen handling and storage
    Afternoon Session:
              1. Farrowing induction
              2. Baby Pig processing
              3. Nursery pig care and management
              4. Health – vaccination, biosecurity, on-farm necropsy, insect/rodent
              5. Moving and handling pigs safely
  Small Ruminants
Presenters:  Kendra Graham, University of Missouri; and Charlotte Clifford-Rathert, Lincoln University

          Morning Session:
                          1. Herd/Flock health and quality assurance – Dr. Dusty Nagy, University of Missouri
                          2. Parasite management – Dr. Charlotte Clifford-Rathert
                          3. Kidding and lambing – Kendra Graham
                Afternoon Session:
                          1. Nutrition of sheep/goats – Dr. Allison Meyer
                          2. Reproduction and ultrasound – Dr. Aimee Wurst-Busalaki 
                          3. Vaccinations and hoof trimming – Dr. Charlotte Clifford-Rathert and Kendra Graham
Presenters:  Wendy Rapp and Gentrie Shafer, University of Missouri

      Morning Session:
            1. Calf processing
              1. Identification tools
              2. Tattooing
              3. Vaccination
              4. Implanting
              5. DNA sample collection
              6. Castration
            2. Safety and Animal Handling


      Afternoon Session
            1. Reproduction
              1. Semen handling and thawing
              2. Loading an AI gun
              3. CIDR application
              4. Estrus synchronization
              5. Pregnancy diagnosis
              6. Reproductive tracks
              7. Ezi-scan Ultrasound

            2. Animal Handling
  Business Management
Presenters: Lynn Hambleton, University of Missouri

        Morning Session:
                    1. Managing FINANCIAL Risk

                        • Risk management overview and activity
                        • Introduction to financial statements and interpretation
                        • 9:00 – 9:45 a.m. – Financial Statement Fundamentals-Understanding What Your Lender Needs
                        • 9:45 – 10:00 a.m. – Break

                    2. Managing MARKETING Risk

                      • 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Marketing your farm products at the market and on the farm
                      • 11:00 – 11:30 a.m. - Meat marketing regulations
                      • 11:30 – noon – Adding value to your livestock operation
Afternoon Session
                    1. Managing LEGAL Risk

                      • 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. – Importance of estate planning, a personal testament
                      • 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. – Estate planning, how property is titled and lease agreements in agriculture
                      • 3:30 – 4:00 p.m. – Lease agreements and contracts in agriculture

                    2. Managing HUMAN RESOURCE Risk

                      • 4:00 – 4:30 p.m. – True Colors – how your personality style affects communication on the farm
                      • 4:30 – 5:00 p.m. – Dinner table activity – communication and goal-setting
Presenters:  Amie Schleicher and Valerie Tate, University of Missouri

          Morning session—focus on hay production:
              1. Forage basics: forage and weed ID, physiology, quality, fertility
              2. Hay tests and how to get the most out of your results
              3. Hay feeding systems: effects on hay wastage and forage fertility
              4. Stockpiled fescue as an alternative winter forage
          Afternoon session—focus on pasture management:
              1. Forage basics: forage and weed ID, physiology, quality, fertility
              2. Reducing issues with fescue toxicosis through management of tall fescue pastures
              3. Useful tools for monitoring forage production
              4. Assessing pasture condition and how to deal with common issues (shortages, thin stands, weeds, insects, diseases)


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