WV Farm Bureau Media Releases
 released 7-10-17

WV Agri-Women’s Summer Quarterly Meeting and  Farm Tour Open to Potential New Members

The West Virginia Agri-Women have set their Summer Quarterly Meeting for Sunday, August 27, 2017 at 2:00 PM at Jackie and Walter Fleming’s Delaware Valley Llama Farm in Mountain, WVa.  The meeting will begin and conclude with tour participants meeting at the Phil and Norma Davis’ farm and traveling a short distance for the farm tour. The meeting is open to members and guests as well as potential new members or women interested in agricultural issues in West Virginia.

The West Virginia Agri-Women is a state-wide organization that focuses on helping women involved in agriculture share the story of agriculture within communities and among policy makers throughout their hometowns, state, and nation. The nationally affiliated state organization focuses on skill building, advocacy, leadership development, and networking for their members.

State President, Brandy Brabham says, “We encourage all women to participate, but we especially send out an invitation to WVU Extension’s Annie’s Project graduates, as they have the experience, training, and the geographic reach to strengthen the organization’s ability to tap into the many talents and connections that help create the power of our industry. 

This summer tour will feature an educational component from WVU Extension, where participants will conduct a mock whole farm review that can help them apply the same principles of whole farm planning to their operation.  This farm tour is open to anyone regardless of county residency or farm status.  The goal of the event is to understand the farm as a system, factors influencing farmer decision-making, how changes in farm management might affect the whole farm, and practical recommendations for farmers to improve farm sustainability.

Extension specialists will explain the steps a farmer can make to change production, marketing, and economic approaches to reduce labor requirements and provide higher value production and overall sustainability. Participants will be provided a farm assessment form and action steps log to incorporate into their own operation.  Topics to be discussed include niche animal production, hay and pasture management, animal health, and marketing.

The tour will conclude by 4:00 PM. A picnic will be provided at the conclusion of the tour and as part of the WV Agri-Women’s quarterly meeting. Reservations for the tour and meeting are required by Monday, August 21, 2017 to Norma Davis at davisnj26415@gmail.com.  For more information about the West Virginia Agri-Women, please contact Brandy at 304-531-1206 or email brandy.brabham1@gmail.com

 

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