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‘Common Threads’ meeting set for women in agriculture

“Common Threads” conference for women in agriculture is set for April 1 at Sidney.

Women involved in farming, ranching or other agribusiness ventures will have the opportunity to hear useful information, financial advice and even a bit of humor at the Common Threads Conference on April 1 at Sidney.

The conference is designed to provide participants with knowledge to develop management skills, personal development and better understanding of issues affecting their everyday lives. It is scheduled for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, 664 Chase Blvd., Sidney.

The Common Threads conference is intended for women who are involved in day-to-day farm and ranch business decisions, who want to learn more about farm and ranch management, who are landowners or who want to broaden their knowledge on agribusiness.

The $25 registration fee covers conference materials, breaks and lunch. Advance registration is due by March 25, after which the fee is $30.

Registration forms and more information are available at the UNL Extension office at Sidney, P.O. Box 356, Sidney, NE 69162; phone 308-254-4455 or 866-865-1703; e-mail Extension educator Karen DeBoer at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or online.

Keynote speaker Yvonne Hollenbeck, a Clearfield, SD, rancher’s wife and the No. 1 award-winning cowgirl poet in America, will shed a bit of light on today’s little problems while being ever mindful of the hardships and big problems faced by the women of yesteryear.

Other topics and speakers will include:

Crop Insurance—Tips for the Season. Risk management tools and options for producers, presented by Carmen Egging-Draper, insurance specialist with Farm Credit Services of America.

How Wheat Responds to Water. How soil water, timing and amount of precipitation, and total season water use influence grain production, presented by David Nielsen, research agronomist, U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Station, Central Great Plains Research Station, Akron, CO.

What 2010 Dietary Guidelines? A look at the new dietary guidelines, presented by Jeanne Murray, UNL Extension educator, Box Butte County.

Victory Hill Farms: Owner Sarah Pinet will discuss the small family-owned and operated Grade A goat dairy farm and cheese-making operation in Scotts Bluff County.

Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Plate? A guide to passing on personal belongings, presented by Carla Mahar, UNL Extension educator in Garden and Deuel counties.