The Women Managing the Farm Conference received the prestigious Engagement Award from the University Professional & Continuing Education Association, Central Region. The award was presented at the 2016 regional conference in Indianapolis.

The Engagement Award recognizes an outstanding partnership between a member institution and one or more external constituents such as local communities, corporations, government organizations or associations. The partnership should demonstrate a mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources and result in a measureable and sustainable shared impact in areas such as economic development, community development, workforce training or capacity building.

The Women Managing the Farm Conference has been held annually since 2005, serving approximately 250 participants per year. Through the sponsoring partnerships, some registrations are subsidized, allowing the program to become more diverse and engaging. One participant noted that the conference is of great value to her, providing new information, support and motivation among the participants, and networking with others which she could not find elsewhere.

The 2018 Women Managing the Farm Conference is scheduled for February 15-16 in Manhattan, Kansas.

Information, including registration, can be found at www.womenmanagingthefarm.com. The conference is a partnership between public and private entities for women of all ages engaged in family farm management as well as the agriculture industry in general. The partnerships include Kansas State University and its research and extension division, government agencies and a growing number of statewide agricultural organizations.

UPCEA is the leading association for professional, continuing and online education. Kansas State University, which produces conference management services for the Women Managing the Farm Conference, is a UPCEA member.