Cindy Falk, Kansas Wheat’s nutrition educator, was one of the many who attended the Women Managing the Farm Conference in Manhattan. She filed this report:
Men were the minority at the 2013 Women Managing the Farm Conference. Close to 300 women of all ages from across the state packed the Manhattan Hilton Garden Inn February 7-8 for this annual educational and networking conferenc. The theme: Experience. Renew. Grow.
As in past years, Kansas Wheat was a sponsor who helped make the conference possible. Cindy Falk, Nutrition Educator, Kansas Wheat and Cathy Musick, Executive Director, Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom, shared a booth during the two day conference (The KFAC is a tenant in the new Kansas Wheat Innovation Center).
Kansas Wheat provided educational materials including their annual KWC recipe booklet, Kansas Wheat brochure and “Know Your Wheat” booklet. Falk also promoted the upcoming third National Festival of Breads baking contest slated for Saturday, June 22 at the Manhattan Hilton Garden Inn. The Baking with Friends children’s cookbook by Kansas authors, Charlene Patton and Sharon Davis, drew raves at the booth.
Keynote presenters included Jolene Brown, farmer, author and family business consultant from West Branch, Iowa. Dr. Virginia Moxley, Dean, College of Human Ecology, Kansas State University gave her words of wisdom during the Thursday luncheon address, “Balancing It All.” During the Friday breakfast and general session, Dr. Vincent Amanor-Boadu, Department of Agricultural Economics, Kansas State University, challenged women managing the farm business to think strategically about the leadership qualities and operational skills that are necessary to ensure we not only keep our livelihoods but our way of life and traditions.