2012-02-23 / News

USDA will hold conference for women farmers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, in conjunction with the Rhode Island Division of Agriculture and the University of Rhode Island, will hold its second Rhode Island Women in Agriculture Conference on March 13 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences building on URI’s Kingston campus.

The conference will bring together farmers, educators, agricultural service providers and activists to build production and business skills, share educational and organizational strategies, and forge new connections all aimed at expanding the success of women in sustainable agriculture.

This conference will celebrate accomplishments of women farmers, and set the stage for future success. Conference topics will include transitioning the farm, marketing, food policy, financial opportunities, tools for farmers, small urban farms, and financing options for medium-sized farms.

Recently there has been growing acknowledgement of the important role women have on farms. “Women in agriculture in the United States are important, diverse and often unrecognized contributors to our food systems,” said Paul E. Brule, the executive director of the USDA’s Farm Service Agency.

For more information, call the USDA’s state office at 828-8232.

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