Boonville is the site for the 17th annual Women in Agriculture State Conference. This educational conference, for women involved in any facet of agriculture, will be held Sept. 12-14 at the Isle of Capri Hotel. The Central Missouri Committee of the Soil and Water Conservation District is serving as conference host and coordinator.
The 2011 conference theme is "Taking Charge of Your Future." The opening session on Monday, Sept. 12 will feature Charlie Hopper, marketing specialist for agribusiness development, Missouri Department of Agriculture, Jefferson City. Originally from Maryville, Hopper grew up in the garden and kitchen helping his father. Charlie spent 17 years in Kansas City as a landscape designer and working in community development. He also spent seven years in Appalachia working in rural development and sustainable land use where he had an organic vegetable operation on the side. Now you can find Charlie promoting both rural and urban agriculture throughout the state.
Conference participants also can choose among workshops covering a variety of topics, including preparing your child for the future, stress management, forest management and your economic returns, basic beekeeping, pesticide safety, and herb gardening.
Former U.S. Senator Jean Carnahan will be the banquet speaker on Sept. 12, and KRCG television's Teresa Snow will speak during the Sept. 14 luncheon.
The conference's Tuesday program includes a tour of Warm Springs Ranch, home of the Budweiser Clydesdale horses; lunch in historic Arrow Rock; and a tour of Starr Pines Christmas Tree Farm.
Registration is accepted until Aug. 15. For more information on the Women in Agriculture State Conference, contact Amy Neier at (573) 422-3342 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Isle of Capri Hotel at Boonville for the nights of Sept. 11, 12, 13 at $49 per night. This rate is for a standard king or queen room and is a flat rate for single or double occupancy. There also are king and queen suites available at $89 per night. For reservations, call 660-882-1200.