With so many farming conferences taking place every winter, what sets each apart? According to Katy Dickson of Christensen Farm, the National Farmers Union Women’s Conference this January left her feeling frustrated, inspired, and ready to lead change. Here, she shares the highlights of the conference.
If you are involved in agriculture (which you are because if nothing else you eat!), you should consider joining the Farmers Union. Ever since I joined the Wisconsin Farmers Union I have been in a multitude of situations that I would not have previously imagined myself in. These situations have been stimulating, inspiring, and at times frustrating. The frustrations are most often associated with issues in our society that have a negative impact on our farm families and agricultural communities. Farmers Union has shown me the resiliency and power that we as individuals and as a group have in order to make the changes we see the need for.
I recently returned from the National Farmers Union Women’s Conference in San Diego. During those 3 ½ days I was bombarded with a variety of topics that not only opened my eyes to the diversity in Farmers Union membership but sparked my interest in running for office as well as new business avenues for my farming enterprise. There was so much covered during the conference I narrowed it down to my top 10 highlights.
Once again Farmers Union has done it…they provided an opportunity for women from across the country to meet, inspire, and learn from one another. We were able to discuss the challenges that our agricultural communities are facing while also sharing potential pathways to a solution. I cannot emphasize enough the value of this conference and encourage women in any sector of agriculture to attend in the future. I also want to thank the Wisconsin Farmers Union for their support and generosity. We had 8 women representing our state and presenting during the conference, so much to be proud of and so much work to be done…So it is with farming.