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SUPPORT SYSTEMS FOR WOMEN IN AGRICULTURE Kristy L. Archuleta, M.S., LMFT Charlotte Shoup Olsen, Ph.D. Kansas State University.

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1 SUPPORT SYSTEMS FOR WOMEN IN AGRICULTURE Kristy L. Archuleta, M.S., LMFT Charlotte Shoup Olsen, Ph.D. Kansas State University

2 WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT FARM WOMEN? Farm women play a variety of roles Farm women are often depended upon for emotional support for the family and the farm Farm women want to be knowledgeable about their roles and about the farm

3 WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT FARM WOMEN? Farm women want to be connected to each other. Farm women have a sense of isolation. Consultants often approach women about interpersonal issues, but fail to carry it back to the entire “team.”

4 Women Managing the Farm

5 WHAT IS WOMEN MANAGING THE FARM? A project that... –Provides valuable tools and materials to address production, price, human, financial, and legal risks for farm women. –Develops and present tools especially for farm women to increase overall support through various avenues.

6 WHY IS THIS PROJECT IMPORTANT? Connection Networking Valuable Knowledge Skill-building Ongoing Support

7 HISTORY & ACTIVITIES OF WOMEN MANAGING THE FARM 4 Regional Conferences in 2005 –Funded by the North Central Regional RMA Annual Women Managing the Farm Conference –Designed for Women involved at all level in the farm operation Feb , 2006 – 200 participants Feb. 9-10, 2007 – 325 participants Feb. 8-9, 2008 – 330 participants Networks of Support - Facilitated Support System –10 Regional groups, by region, role, enterprise Rural Route Women - Online Support System –Web based discussion and continuing education Website:

8 Developed in a Partnership between: Kansas State University & USDA Risk Management Agency’s Community Outreach and Assistance Partnership WOMEN MANAGING THE FARM

9 WMF PARTNERS USDA Risk Management Agency Frontier Farm Credit Farm Credit of Central Kansas K-State Research & Extension Kansas Soybean Commission & Association Kansas Corn Growers Association Kansas Farm Bureau Kansas Department of Ag Kansas Rural Family Helpline Kansas Department of Commerce Kansas Association of Family & Community Education Kansas Wheat Commission & Wheat Growers American Farmers & Ranchers Natural Resources Conservation Service Farm Service Agency Kansas Department of Agriculture Kansas Grain Sorghum Producers Association Kansas Rural Center Kansas Agriculture Mediation Services Kansas Beef Council Kansas Agri-Women Kansas Grain Sorghum Producers Association

10 WOMEN MANAGING THE FARM Targets all Farm Women in Multiple Capacities Provides tools in the risk management areas of: –Production –Price –Legal –Financial –Human

11 CONFERENCE TOPICS: Celebrating Ag Women 2008 Plenary Speakers: –Don Jonovich, Ph.D. Farm Business Management Services, Cleveland, OH “Surviving Farm Business Whitewater” –Elizabeth Kinney Professional Speaker, Former Miss Oklahoma, KTUL News Reporter “Celebrating Ag Women” –Charlie Griffin, M.S. Assistant Research Professor, Kansas State University Director, Kansas Rural Family Helpline “Relax! Your Most Important Management Skill is Self-Care”

12 CONFERENCE TOPICS: Moving Ag Women Forward 2007 Plenary Speakers: –Vincent Amanor-Boadu Ag Economist, Kansas State University “From Women to Managers: Wealth Creation as a Valid Objective in Agriculture” –Jolene Brown Professional Speaker & Iowa Farm Wife Who’s Hiding the Humor? Top 10 Stupid Things Families Do To Break-up Their Businesses –Marci Penner Kansas Sampler Foundation Author of “Exploring Kansas” “Seeing Rural Communities with New Eyes”

13 CONFERENCE TOPICS –Transition Planning –Workforce Management –Health Insurance –Stress Management –Disaster Relief –“Making It Work” - Referral Sources for Farm Families –Understanding Financial Records –Entrepreneurial Leadership –Conservation Practices –Farm Service Agency –Personal Investments –Agri-tourism –Nutrition –Gardening in the Country –Leasing Land –Understanding Your Credit Score –Land Values –Crop Insurance –Excel Basics –Farm Policy Panel –Computerized Record Keeping –Communication & Conflict Resolution

14 CONFERENCE TOPICS -Agritourism-Fence building -Animal ID-Communication Skills -Computerized Record Keeping-Value Added Enterprises -Crop Insurance -Personal Financial Planning -Financial Health Ratios-Planning for Safe Farms -Family Business Meetings -Ag / Biosecurity Disaster Planning-Ag in the Classroom -Leasing 101 -Farm Transition - Strategic & Succession Planning

15 ONGOING ONLINE SUPPORT Message Board Meets weekly for live chat sessions –Facilitated by a project team member –Features special topics and open chats Special Topic Discussions have included: –Farm Safety –Family Communication –Stress Management –Cellulosic Ethanol –Disaster Recovery

16 CONTACT INFORMATION Kristy Archuleta, M.S., LMFT School of Family Studies and Human Services 326 Justin Kansas State University Manhattan, KS Phone:

17 CONTACT INFORMATION Charlotte Shoup Olsen, Associate Professor K-State Research & Extension School of Family Studies and Human Services 343 N Justin Kansas State University Manhattan, KS Phone:


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