Nebraska Women in Agriculture Conference Features Temple Grandin

It's the 28th year for this jam-packed gathering of farm and ranch women.

Published on: Feb 8, 2013

Temple Grandin is returning to Nebraska this month as the headline speaker for the 2013 Women in Agriculture Conference, Feb. 21-22 in Kearney. It will be held at the Holiday Inn in Kearney.

Grandin, a well-known livestock behavior specialist and professor of animal science at Colorado State University, is a world leader in the design of livestock handling and cattle processing facilities. Her designs emphasize reducing animal stress.

She spoke in January in Lincoln as part of UNL's Heuermann Lecture Series.

Grandin also has consulted with such companies as McDonald's, Cargill and Tyson. Along with her research in animal handling, Grandin has both written and spoken about her experience with autism, which she was diagnosed with as a child.

Nebraska Women in Agriculture Conference Features Temple Grandin
Nebraska Women in Agriculture Conference Features Temple Grandin

The conference theme this year is, "Communicating Challenging Times."

During the 28th Women in Agriculture Conference, Nebraska women will learn how to care and plan for their farms, their communities, their families and themselves, says Cheryl Griffith, public relations coordinator, UNL agricultural economics department.

Other conference speakers include Jolene Brown, a farmer and author from West Branch, Iowa, and Cheryl Burkhart-Kriesel, co-owner of Kriesel Certified Seed and University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension community development specialist.

Brown will be the keynote speaker the morning of Feb. with her talk, "It's a Jungle Out There! Blazing New Trails for Agriculture." Burkhart-Kriesel will speak on how to draw residents to rural Nebraska communities.

Grandin will close the conference with her speech at noon Friday.

In between these lectures, there will be more than 30 workshops spread over five sessions during the event. Topics include livestock and grain marketing, crop insurance, family communication, business transition and beef nutrition.

R.P. Smith, a cowboy poet from Broken Bow, will entertain for the evening program Feb. 21.

You can register online at wia.unl.edu, or by calling 1-800-535-3456 or by faxing their form to 1-402-472-0776. Hard copy registration forms can be sent to Women in

Agriculture, UNL Agricultural Economics, 303 Filley Hall, Lincoln, NE 68583.

You can also call Griffith for more information at 402-472-0079.