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Extension offers ag conference for women and youth

Posted 3/30/2011

June conference in Las Vegas to focus on business planning, risk management and marketing

Women and youth agricultural producers from Nevada, Idaho and Utah are invited to Las Vegas June 14 through 16 for the Great Basin Women and Youth in Agriculture Conference, designed to help both new and established producers learn how to effectively manage their farming or ranching business.

The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) conference will cover various financial, production, marketing, legal and human-resource issues related to agriculture. There will be workshops on small-business planning; arid-region agricultural production; small-farm marketing tactics; food-safety practices; farm-to-school opportunities; and management of family farm enterprises.

Staci Emm, UNCE Mineral County Extension educator, is coordinating the event. She said she looks forward to helping women and youth agriculturalists create and develop their farming operations.

"I’m excited we’re able to give women and youth the opportunity to utilize risk-management tools in their agriculture businesses," Emm said. "It’s an opportunity for them to learn these tools to improve the profitability of their businesses."

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension is working with Utah State University Cooperative Extension and the USDA Risk Management Agency to bring some nationally known agriculture experts and authors to the conference. Experts—particularly women in the field—are encouraged to contact Emm in order to present at the conference.

The registration fee for the three-day event is $125, and Cooperative Extension has secured a special hotel room rate at the South Point Hotel and Casino for traveling guests at $49 per night. Those interested are encouraged to register sooner than later since the event will have a limited capacity of 300 guests. To register, visit:

Professional agriculturalists interested in presenting at the Great Basin Women and Youth Agriculture Conference are encouraged to contact Emm at (775) 945-3444 or by email at

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