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WVU Extension Service offers education, encouragement at West Virginia Women in Agriculture Conference

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140+ female farmers and agribusiness owners from around the state
WVU Extension Service faculty and staff
Julia Shanks, chef, entrepreneur and author of “The Farmer’s Office” and “The Farmers Market Cookbook,” keynote speaker
Various exhibitors

WHAT: A two-day conference offering an affordable opportunity for women who own or run their own agricultural operations to learn from peers and other female mentors in a supportive, inclusive environment.

WHEN: From noon on Friday (Nov. 2) to roughly 4 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 3)

WHERE: Oglebay Resort and Conference Center, Wheeling

Women farmers are one of the fastest growing segments in agriculture. Every day, more than 9,000 women are developing and maintaining their own farms and agribusinesses across West Virginia.

Female farmers have contributed more than $62 million to the West Virginia economy, but what really grabs their peers’ attention is the compassionate leadership that these women bring to the community.

In response to the growing female involvement in West Virginia’s agriculture industry, WVU Extension Service’s Women in Agriculture team hosts the annual West Virginia Women in Agriculture Conference to help fulfill the needs of our state’s female farmers, innovators and entrepreneurs.


Friday (Nov. 2) noon - 5:30 p.m. – Pre-conference, hands-on farm tours (locations vary and are offsite); 6:30 - 8 p.m. – Local foods networking dinner

Saturday (Nov. 3) 8:30 -10:15 a.m. – Conference keynote and welcome

See the full conference schedule.



CONTACT: Hannah Booth, WVU Extension Service Communications

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