Farm Women's Symposium will head back to a tried and true location; Frankenmuth, for its 22nd annual program on March 6-8, 2013. This event is an excellent opportunity to learn, develop valuable networks, renew friendships, and get motivated for another year in farming.
The feature speaker this year is Professor David Specht. Specht has cracked the code on generational business transitions and will share the key factors of family continuance and the important role women play in this undertaking. Carol Thomas, a specialist in elder law, will provide insight on elder law and asset protection options. On a lighter note, Dora Howe – also known as Doodle Liu, of Charlotte, will share her experiences as a clown. Her heart-warming stories and photos are sure to leave participants smiling.
Thursday's program will include Farm Bureau Insurance Agent Bill Weitzel and Michigan's Director of Agriculture & Rural Development; Jamie Clover Adams. Adams will review 2012's political happenings as they relate to agriculture and give us an idea of what to watch for in 2013. Abele Greenhouse & Garden Center will provide us with information on gardening and landscaping. Mark Torregrossa will talk weather as it always seems to make or break Michigan farmers.
Friday our bus tour will take us to places such as Kaleidoscope Learning Circle, LLC; Rainbow Creek Farm, St. Lorenz Church and Zeilinger Wool Company. We'll see how horses teach people how to work more effectively together and how robots milk cows! Add to that the rich history of the Frankenmuth area highlighted in the tour of the Church and a little behind the scenes information on wool processing; we're sure to have something for everyone.
This conference is for anyone who is active in farming or ag business or just wants to know more about agriculture. It is an opportunity to learn and interact with others involved in agriculture. Scholarships are available for GreenStone Farm Credit Services members; contact your local GreenStone office for details. For other questions about the Farm Women's Symposium, contact Sheryl Smith at (517) 543-1360 or Julie Schwab at (989) 846-4764.