The Heart of the Farm – Women in Agriculture conference will be held at the Grant County UW-Extension Youth & Ag Center, 916 E. Elm St., Lancaster, Wisconsin on Thursday, Nov. 15. The conference begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. Heart of the Farm – Women in Agriculture workshop series is a University of Wisconsin-Extension program that is committed to addressing the needs of farm women by providing education on farm business topics, connecting them with agricultural resources and creating support networks.
Topics for the Lancaster workshop include:
*Balancing Act-Or Is It a 3-Ring Circus? This will be a fun, facilitated discussion for participants. We will break up into groups to discuss the issues of balancing farm, family, and personal priorities. This is a great opportunity to learn how other participants "do it all" or avoid feeling guilty if they don't!
*Labor Laws and Employee Management. Todd Pfeil, Pfeil & Millonzi, LLC. This workshop gives you a sound basis for hiring and managing agriculture employees in Wisconsin. Issues include: interviewing and applications, overtime, hours of work, wage payment requirements, child labor and minimum wage, and unemployment and workers compensation.
*Wellness, Nutrition Fitness – Take a break and have some fun learning how to enhance physical and emotional well-being through Tai Chi. Tai Chi is a relaxing series of graceful movements to help build strength and reduce stress. It is an ancient martial arts exercise from China. You will learn basic movement patterns essential to the Tai Chi Fundamentals Form as well as mind and body principles of this ancient eastern art. Tracy Ackerman will discuss the importance of nutrition and exercise for not only weight management but also for overall wellness for you and your family.
*Ask the Marketer. Karen Voigts, Hedge Specialist, First Capitol Ag, and Kevin Bernhardt, Professor of Agribusiness, UW-Platteville School of Agriculture, will start out with a quick overview of price risk management and the tools you can use to manage price risk. The remainder of the time they will focus on your questions.
*Ask the Vet. Dr. Jennifer Rediske, Veterinary Associates, Hazel Green will discuss "Having trouble with your calves? Is your milking herd having feet problems? Want to know the latest in vaccinations?" Find out the answers to these and your own herd health questions and issues in this breakout session.
*Agriculture Jeopardy Game, Katie Reichling and UW-Platteville students, will lead a session similar to the game you watch on T.V., the only difference is the categories will be focused on agriculture. Remember to phrase your answer in the form of a question! Pre-registration is $15 per person; at the door registration is $25 per person.
Pre-registrations are due by Nov. 8. To register, send payment to: Lori/HOF, Grant Co. Extension, 916 E. Elm, P.O. Box 31, Lancaster, WI 53813. Make checks payable to Grant Co. UW-Extension. Visit the Heart of the Farm website www.uwex.edu/ces/heartofthefarm to download a brochure. Heart of the Farm - Women in Agriculture is sponsored at the state level by the UW Center for Dairy Profitability and UW-Extension's Farm and Risk Management Team. First National Bank of Platteville, Grant County UW-Extension and the Regional Dairy Modernization Task Force and its funding sponsors are all local sponsors of this workshop.