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Women in Ag conference set for March 25 at 4-H

MILLERSBURG – An event designed by women to promote and support women in agriculture continues to grow and thrive.

The Ohio State University (OSU) Extension will host the seventh annual East Ohio Women in Agriculture Conference on Friday, March 25, from 9 am to 3:30 pm at Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum, 3266 Dyewood Road SW, Carrollton, OH 44615.

A team of OSU Extension Educators from Holmes, Wayne, Tuscarawas, Coshocton, Stark, Carroll and Harrison counties will be presenting.

The event is open to all women high school age and older who are interested, involved in or want to become involved with food, agricultural, natural resources production or small business are encouraged to attend.

Kate Shumaker, OSU Extension Holmes County educator, said this program has been ongoing, starting in Northwest Ohio about 20 years ago.

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“A group of female ag educators decided to get together and try doing it here in Eastern Ohio,” Shumaker said. “Our first conference was held at Kent State Tuscarawas. It was small, but successful. We quickly outgrew our space and moved to RG Drage Career Center in Massillon. This year we decided to try something different, leading us to the 4-H Day Camp.”

A day out for women

Shumaker said the conference specifically targets women.

“Agriculture can be a male-focused environment,” she said. “Whether or not they’re out front and visible on the farm, women are very much involved in farm life from day-to-day operations to taking care of the books or communications and human resources. We focus on things they may be involved in.