Women in Ag

The Kansas statewide Women in Agriculture event will be held in Corning, Kansas, this month. The keynote speaker will be farmer Jolene Brown.

The Kansas statewide Women in Agriculture event hosted by the Nemaha, Jackson and Pottawatomie County Conservation Districts will be held this month.

Anna Baker, NRCS soil conservationist, said the event titled “The Heart of the Farm” will be at the Corning Community Building in Corning, Kansas.

Both men and women are welcome to attend the free annual meeting which will have a lineup of speakers.

The keynote speaker is Jolene Brown who has advocated for small businesses and the agricultural community. She will give an address titled “It’s a Jungle Out There! Blazing New Trails in Agriculture” and she will also be hosting a workshop.

Another presenter will be Charlie Griffin who works as a stress management specialist and received an advanced degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.

He served as assistant director of the Kansas farm crisis hotline from 1986 to 1994 and then directed the Kansas Rural Family Helpline which is a telephone-based crisis hotline from 2001 to 2010.

Griffin has worked widely in support of stress management and farm home-based business management.

There will also be information provided at the event to aid landowners in preparing for a natural disaster such as flooding.

Sandy Johnson is a senior associate with SES Incorporated that specializes in Agriculture Emergency Preparedness and she’ll discuss how to prepare for a disaster.

She has 25 years of experience working with county emergency managers, public health professionals and the Kansas farming and ranching communities.

In addition, there will be a presentation at the event on how to pass the farm or business onto the next generation.

Dennis White has practiced law for 35 years at the White Law Office in Holton, Kansas, which is a three-generation law firm. He will share information on how to prepare for a family farm or business succession and estate planning.

Another speaker lined up for the day includes Brandi Buzzard Frobose who is a rancher, cowgirl, mother, wife and an agricultural communicator on beef production.

“She is passionate about sharing the story of beef production and engaging with grocery shoppers to help reduce confusion about how food is raised,” Baker said.

Frobose along with her husband and daughter raises purebred Gelbvieh and Balancer cattle in southeast Kansas.

Rounding out the list of speakers is Malori Henry who is a nationally certified massage therapist serving clients at her business Benevolence Total Wellness LLC in Northeast Kansas. She is a certified medical massage therapist, a certified infant massage therapist and a certified headache specialist.

The sponsors of the event include Nemaha Valley Community Hospital, Community HealthCare System, Holton Community Hospital/Family Practice Associates, Kansas WRAPS and the Kansas Department of Agriculture-Division of Conservation.

The event will be on Saturday, February 22, at the Corning Community Building in Corning, Kansas. Doors open at 8 a.m. where a light breakfast will be served. Presentations begin at 8:30 a.m. and there will be a break at noon for a free lunch catered by Home Cookin’ of Seneca, Kansas.

Registration should be submitted no later than Feb. 14 online at tinyurl.com/2020wia. For more information, visit www.kswomeninag.com.