Meade County Women In Agriculture


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Presentation from the first meeting of Meade County Women in Agriculture. If you are interested in joining, contact Megan Stith at 270-422-2094 or

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Meade County Women In Agriculture

  1. 1. Meade County Women in Agriculture Creating Networking and Outreach Opportunities for Farm Women of Meade County
  2. 2. Welcome! <ul><li>Introduce yourself and your background in farming. We’re excited to get to know you! </li></ul><ul><li>Why get involved? </li></ul><ul><li>Overview of national and state Ag Organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Industry specific organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Future plans for MCWA </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Degree in Animal Science specializing in agribusiness (horse and beef management) </li></ul><ul><li>Graduate research and publications in agricultural economics </li></ul><ul><li>Farms with husband and in-laws </li></ul><ul><li>Completed Master Grazer program, currently enrolled in Master Cattlemen </li></ul><ul><li>45 Angus cows, corn, soybeans, hay, tobacco, 2 goats, an ornery Quarter Horse, and other assorted critters. </li></ul>Megan Stith
  4. 4. Changing Paradigms <ul><li>How you see your world </li></ul><ul><li>Example: </li></ul><ul><li>By making only one mark on the page, make this number into the number six: </li></ul>S
  5. 5. Issues Facing Agriculture <ul><li>Changing population demographics (declining “agricultural literacy”) </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental concerns </li></ul><ul><li>Animal health and welfare </li></ul><ul><li>Land use </li></ul><ul><li>Labor and immigration </li></ul><ul><li>Rising input costs </li></ul><ul><li>Alternative energy </li></ul><ul><li>Biosecurity </li></ul><ul><li>Staying current with technology innovations </li></ul><ul><li>Centeralization of farms </li></ul>
  6. 6. American Agri-Women <ul><li>Legislative Fly-In to Washington, D.C. </li></ul><ul><li>Annual Conference in November </li></ul><ul><li>Syngenta’s “Leadership at Its Best” program </li></ul><ul><li>Segments on RFD TV </li></ul><ul><li>Scholarships </li></ul><ul><li>American Grown Goodness program </li></ul><ul><li>Positions on policy, Farm Bill </li></ul>
  7. 7. Leadership at Its Best! <ul><li>Conference sponsored by Syngenta </li></ul><ul><li>Media training, interpersonal skills, organizational leadership, public speaking </li></ul><ul><li>Networking with other AAW members from around the country </li></ul><ul><li>Tours of Syngenta and local ag facilities </li></ul>
  8. 8. Kentucky Women in Agriculture <ul><li>“ Empowering women through education, involvement, and action.” </li></ul><ul><li>Annie’s Project sponsors </li></ul><ul><li>Scholarships </li></ul><ul><li>Annual Conference- end of October </li></ul>
  9. 9. Industry Specific Organizations <ul><li>Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association </li></ul><ul><li>Kentucky Soybean Association </li></ul><ul><li>Kentucky Corn Growers Association </li></ul><ul><li>Kentucky Farmer’s Market Association </li></ul><ul><li>Kentucky Goat Producers Association </li></ul><ul><li>Burley Tobacco Growers Cooperative Association </li></ul><ul><li>Kentucky Horse Council </li></ul><ul><li>Kentucky Equine Education Project </li></ul>
  10. 10. Local Organizations and Networks <ul><li>Farmer’s Market </li></ul><ul><li>Homemakers/Homesteaders </li></ul><ul><li>4H/FFA </li></ul><ul><li>Meade County Cattlemen’s </li></ul><ul><li>Meade County Goat Producers </li></ul><ul><li>Meade County Grain Growers </li></ul>
  11. 11. Upcoming Events <ul><li>Feb. 11-14 : National Farm Machinery Show Kentucky Exposition Center Louisville, KY Feb. 15-17 : Agritourism Conference Kentucky Farms Are Fun Conference Holiday Inn, University Plaza Bowling Green, KY Feb. 19 : Kentucky Alfalfa Conference (pdf) Cave City Convention Center Cave City, KY </li></ul>
  12. 12. The Future in Meade County <ul><li>Increase in population </li></ul><ul><li>Decreasing farm land </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing cost of production </li></ul><ul><li>Working with Extension agents to maximize efficiency </li></ul><ul><li>More niche marketing </li></ul><ul><li>Taking advantage of branding programs </li></ul><ul><li>Using technology to reach new customers </li></ul>
  13. 13. What Next? <ul><li>If not YOU, WHO? </li></ul><ul><li>Creation of MCWA and regular meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing experience, resources </li></ul><ul><li>Ideas for future events: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Community service </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Educational events both on and off the farm </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Participating in legislative issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fundraising </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Partnering with national advocacy groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Networking with local organizations </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Your Ideas? What would you like to see done?