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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
M. Shannon and committee
Hot Topics in Animal Agriculture and YOUR Health
Moderator: Allison Meyer
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
3:00 pm BREAK
3:30 pm Your health and preventing injuries
Kelly Cochran
4:00 pm  Farm safety issues for women
Karen Funkenbush, University of MO
4:30 pm Taking care of YOU
Vera Massey, University of MO
5:00 pm Challenges of being a female veterinarian
Dawna Voelkl, University of MO
6:00 pm Dinner/desserts/drinks and wine
KEYNOTE Speaker: Tyne Morgan, Host of US Farm Report
Saturday, November 8, 2014
Hands-on/Down and Dirty Production
7:30 am Breakfast (at each location)
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
1:00 pm  Repeat and switch Breakout Sessions (pick one)
5:00 pm  Adjourn
Presenters:  Heather Smith and Marcia Shannon, University of Missouri

            • Reproduction – artificial insemination, heat detection and semen processing
            • Farrowing – baby pig processing, farrowing induction, reproductive tracts
            • Crate side Necropsy and Herd Health Vaccination
  Small Ruminants
Presenters:  Kendra Graham, University of Missouri; and 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 Cattle Reproduction – pregnancy checks, palpation, reproductive tracts
            • Calf Processing
            • AI Semen Handling
  Business Management
Presenters: Lynn Hambleton
            • Estate planning
            • Marketing
            • Contracts and leases
Presenters:  Amie Schleicher and Valerie Tate, University of Missouri
            • Forage ID
            • Plant fertility and quality
            • Cover crops


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