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David Sparks Ph.d Women in Agriculture
by David Sparks Ph.d, click here for bio

Program: Line on Agriculture
Date: November 17, 2017

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A regional conference will be held tomorrow simultaneously in five states throughout the Northwest and will focus on challenges and opportunities for women in agriculture:

The sixth annual Women in Agriculture Conference is a unique gathering of female farmers and ranchers designed for learning, networking, and inspiration. Videoconferencing at 40 locations attendees will hear from, among others, Oregon Department of Agriculture Director Alexis Taylor, one of the keynote speakers:

“We as women in agriculture, there is no level we can’t achieve and really coming together and supporting each other, we can build that community to help others who are interested in getting into farming or ranching or fishing to help them navigate the waters we have already navigated.”

Taylor is an example of how women can achieve leadership positions within the ag industry. She says one of her messages is that women can do anything they set their mind to. Her story is similar to many others:

“My dad only had two daughters. So when the cows needed to get fed, one of us was doing it. When he needed someone to haul grain for him and drive the tractor, one of us was doing it. There was nothing that because were just girls, young girls, working on a farm that was kind of off limits because, oh no, that’s not girl work. The boys do that.”

In her keynote address, Taylor will emphasize the benefits of mentorship and the importance of seeking an active role in leadership. For a state like Oregon, where nearly 40 percent of farm operators are women– higher than the national average– this conference supports the notion women are a critical demographic in agriculture.

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