Pressure : 29.98 in
Dewpoint : 61.0 °
Wind : South
Women in Agriculture continues despite storm
Women supporting women. The 28th annual Women in Agriculture Conference couldn't be stopped by the snow storm.
News 5's Lauren Conley was there today for the second day of the event.
This conference highlights the growing importance women play in Agriculture. They're no longer taking a back seat to everyday operations, they're controlling the steering wheel.
"On our farm corporation when I first married into the family, they said, well, we didn't know you wanted to be invited to the corporate meetings. We didn't think you'd be interested. Well, yeah I'm interested!" said Victoria Lipovsky.
This is the 24th straight year Victoria Lipovsky has come to the conference. She credits her success to what she's learned here.
"It has saved me so much money, it has helped us make so much money. It has helped so many of us talk the same language that our husbands talk," Lipovsky said.
This year's conference is themed "Communicating in Challenging Times". A variety of workshops and speakers help keep women up to date.
"When the conference started back in 1985 the role of women on the ranch is probably much different than it is now," said Cheryl Griffith.
"I'm pretty proud of it actually. You know, I think ag is kind of the foundation of who we are," said Sharon Rickenbach.
More than half of women in Nebraska are landowners. An increasing number of women are primary managers of their own operations and equal partners with their husbands.
"So that means that there are a lot of women that are looking for that information and this is a great place for women to come and get that and take it home to be able to make good informed decisions," Griffith said.
Information on everything from the drought to calving seasons is covered. One hot topic this year is proper treatment of animals.
"Sometimes there's some inaccurate portrayals of what happens on the farm, or what happens on the ranch, feedlots," said Griffith.
The solution? Get the truth out to the public.
"So, we here at Women i,n Agriculture are putting some things together in order to say you know, somebody should talk about that, somebody should say, no, hey this is our story," said Griffith.
Even though the storm didn't stop the conference it did keep many people away. Over 400 women registered and only about 200 made it. A lot of that is being attributed to the storm causing more work on the farm.
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