Learn the power of communication at the Women in Agriculture Conference

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Whether your farm is limited to an acre or so, or several hundred, plan to attend the fifth annual Women in Agriculture Conference Mar. 19 and learn the power of communication.

This year’s conference will be held simultaneously in 31 cities across five states.

“That’s the magic of telecommunications,” said Margaret Viebrock, director of Washington State University Extension for Chelan and Douglas counties. She’s coordinating this year’s conference.

The Extension has been organizing these conferences for more than 20 years but used to hold them in one location, Wenatchee.

“But people living in the far corners of the state told us they wanted something closer to where they lived, that they didn’t want to have to stay overnight somewhere. So five years ago we broke it up and scattered the meetings all over the state,” she said.

This is the first time a Women in Agriculture Conference has been scheduled in the Tri-Cities. In past years they’ve been held in the Spokane area.

“The problem with scheduling one in or near the Tri-Cities has been finding a facility and a facilitator but now we have both,” Viebrock said.

The conference will be 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Kylie Gray of Gray Girl Farms near Othello has agreed to lead it.

“She’s attended several conferences and is a fourth-generation farmer,” Viebrock said.

About 650 people attended the conference in 2015, Viebrock said, and she expects more this year because of the added locations.

These conference offers women in the agriculture industry an opportunity to network, to share, to talk and find out what everyone is doing. Whether participants run a small CSA, sell at farmers markets or raise cattle, there’s a message for everyone.

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Loretto Hulse

Loretto Hulse

Loretto J. Hulse lives in Pasco and has worked in journalism for more than 30 years. She’s married and lives with her husband, Blaine, on a small farm where they raise horses, cats and dogs.

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