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Montana Farmers Union Hosts Women’s Conference

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PHOTO: The Montana Farmers Union inaugural Women's Conference is Saturday and Sunday in Great Falls.
PHOTO: The Montana Farmers Union inaugural Women's Conference is Saturday and Sunday in Great Falls.
 By Deborah Courson Smith/Deb Courson Smith, Contact
December 11, 2012

GREAT FALLS, Mont. - Whether it's driving a combine, negotiating contracts or meeting with bankers, more women are becoming directly involved in farming and ranching. The Montana Farmers Union is holding its inaugural Women's Conference this weekend in Great Falls.

MFU education director Delisa Clampitt says the number of women in farming is significant, not just in Montana, but across the nation.

"Now, 30 percent of our farms have a female operator within the business. And that equates to over one million women operating farms."

Clampitt says specific training for women has been scarce, even though they've long been involved in operations. That
is why they're offering a variety of topics at the conference, such as financial advice and food-preservation tips.

Clampitt says women very often are the business backbone of a farm or ranch.

"They're marketing grain; they're writing business plans; they're making those investment decisions and estate-planning decisions."

The conference is Saturday and Sunday at the Heritage Inn in Great Falls. Pre-registration is requested. The cost is $50 for members and $80 for nonmembers.

The complete agenda is here.

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