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women Agricultural, farm life


The first "Women in Agriculture" conference (WIA) was held in South Dakota in March, 1990. The conference was designed to enhance the woman's role as part of the farm/ranch management team. The conference was well attended and the final evaluations reveal a high level of satisfaction and a desire for continuation of the program. Two counties in South Dakota have created "spinoffs" from the program. Hutchinson County has a support group of farm women that gather on a regular basis. Davison County is currently planning a program that is also designed to enhance farm management skills directed specifically at women. This report summarizes the conference. Included in the report is a description of the conference, the history of the conferences' development, conference workings and a summary of the conference evaluation forms that were completed by participants at the conclusion of the conference. Finally the report expresses a desire by the participants to continue the "Women In Agriculture" program.


Department of Economics, South Dakota State University

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