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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Ag conference to focus on success in changing world

  • Women involved in farming, ranching and agribusiness are encouraged to attend the 2013 edition of Women Managing the Farm Conference Feb. 7-8.
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  • Women involved in farming, ranching and agribusiness are encouraged to attend the 2013 edition of Women Managing the Farm Conference Feb. 7-8.
    The conference will be in Manhattan at the Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center. Previous locations have been in Wichita and Hutchinson.
    Moving the conference to the university community will increase delegates’ access to experts at Kansas State University, said Janet Barrows, who is serving as volunteer chairperson for the conference. For example, Vincent Amanor-Boadu, associate professor in agribusiness economics and management in the Department of Agricultural Economics in the College of Agriculture at K-State, will speak about “Women Transforming Management: Re-Imagining the 21st Century Farm Business.”
    In considering the traditions that have come to define rural America and agriculture, Amanor-Boadu noted to sustain the values nurtured during past decades, women managers will need to actively engage in transforming how agriculture and the agri-food chain is managed.
    “Doing so will require educating ourselves about our consumers and the industrial customers, and determining how we as resource and input providers can take advantage of their idiosyncrasies,” he said.
    Amanor-Boadu, who speaks on business and entrepreneurship, compared this concept to the tech industries’ success in recent years, and promised strategies that can foster success.
    Virginia Moxley, dean of the College of Human Ecology at K-State, also is a featured speaker at this year’s conference. She will offer insight into achieving life balance, in “Balancing it All.”
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