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

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Support systems for women in agriculture

SUPPORT SYSTEMS FOR WOMEN IN AGRICULTURE

Kristy L. Archuleta, M.S., LMFT

Charlotte Shoup Olsen, Ph.D.

Kansas State University


What do we know about farm women
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


What do we know about farm women1
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.”


Women

Managing

the

Farm


What is women managing the farm
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.


Why is this project important
WHY IS THIS PROJECT IMPORTANT?

  • Connection

  • Networking

  • Valuable Knowledge

  • Skill-building

  • Ongoing Support


History activities of women managing the farm
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. 17-18, 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: http://www.womenmanagingthefarm


WOMEN MANAGING THE FARM

Developed in a Partnership between:Kansas State University &USDA Risk Management Agency’sCommunity Outreach and Assistance Partnership


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

WMF PARTNERS


Women managing the farm
WOMEN MANAGING THE FARM

  • Targets all Farm Women in Multiple Capacities

  • Provides tools in the risk management areas of:

    • Production

    • Price

    • Legal

    • Financial

    • Human


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”


Conference topics moving ag women forward
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”


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

CONFERENCE TOPICS


Conference topics1

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


Ongoing online support
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


Contact information
CONTACT INFORMATION

Kristy Archuleta, M.S., LMFT

School of Family Studies and Human Services

326 Justin

Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS 66502

Phone: 785-532-6984

Email: [email protected]


Contact information1

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 66506

Phone: 785-532-5773

Email: [email protected]


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