OLATHE, Kan. — Advancements in farming technology have opened the door to more women returning to run the family farm, which used to be considered a “man’s world.” High tech farm equipment has helped to alleviate the physical demands, and the need for business management skills fits the abilities of many women.
Whether they’re the principal operator, have inherited farm ground or married into a farm family, some women find themselves in a position that requires knowledge of managing a farm operation. Many have little background experience or training to do so.
Johnson County K-State Research and Extension is launching The Farmer’s Daughter: A Women in Agriculture educational series. The first session in the series is Sept. 19, from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., at the extension office, 11811 S. Sunset Drive in Olathe. The series is designed to provide information and training on a variety of farm management topics that will cater directly to farm women. Women with any level of experience in farm management or with any degree of farm involvement are invited to attend.
The first program will focus on a recap of the current wheat harvest and a look at farm income levels over the past year, and then finish up with brainstorming for future meeting dates, topics and times.
This program is free but advance registration is required by contacting Rick Miller, county agriculture agent, at 913-715-7000. The series is made possible with support from Johnson County Farm Bureau, K-State Research and Extension, and Frontier Farm Credit. Details at www.johnson.ksu.edu/classes.