Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Since 2007 the number of women in agriculture has increased by 7% in the United States. With this evolving statistic in the industry, many new avenues for our community and state have developed in order to, and this event provides an opportunity for our communities rising agriculture leaders.The agriculture community in Shelby County would like to support our women in agriculture by holding the fourth annual “Growing Women in Agriculture, an Empowerment Celebration” event on March 22, 2018, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. The event will be held at St. Michael’s Hall, 33 Elm Street, in Fort Loramie. The evening is a unique blend of educational and fun agriculture information that specifically targets women in our community. The cost is $20 per person. A portion of the fee will support women in crisis. The registration deadline is March 9 with breakout sessions being filled on a first come first served basis as registrations are received.We are excited to have Carrie Mess, author of the agriculture blog “Dairy Carrie” be our keynote speaker this year. Carrie grew up in Madison, Wisconsin with no real ties to agriculture and then she met a guy…From there, her love affair with agriculture and her husband began. They now farm with his parents on their dairy farm outside of Madison and she began blogging to tell their story and agricultures story to all who will listen.In addition to Dairy Carrie, join us for sessions with Farm Credit Mid-America’s Bev Kremer. Bev is speaking about “what to bring to the table” when working on financing. We also, have Olive Wagar, of Organized by Olive, who will help give us tips to organize our lives both at home and at work. Dr. Dee Jepson from Ohio State Univerity will be discussing assigning kids tasks on the farm, and how we incorporate them into our activities safely. Our final break out session is being taught by the Shelby Co. Sheriff’s Office on self-defense techniques. They will give tips and advice on being more aware of our surrounding and techniques to defend ourselves.For additional information or to register, please download the registration brochure at www.ofbf.org/counties/shelby or call Jill Smith, Organization Director for Shelby County Farm Bureau at (877)775-7642 or Lynda Adams, Education Coordinator for Shelby Soil & Water Conservation District at (937) 492-6520, ext. 117 for information or to have a brochure mailed to you.