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MEDIA ADVISORY: WVU Extension Service conference to provide education, affirmation to state’s female farmers

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  • 150+ female farmers and agribusiness owners from around the state 
  • West Virginia University Extension Service faculty and staff
  • Mary Elizabeth “M.E.” Yancosek Gamble, chair of Fairmont State University's performing arts department and an associate professor in the School of Business, keynote speaker
  • Various exhibitors

WHAT: Women in Ag, 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: Noon, Friday, Nov. 15 to roughly 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16, 

WHERE: Stonewall Resort, 149 State Park Trail, Roanoke

NOTES: In West Virginia, more than 13,000 women are diligently working to develop and maintain their own farms and agribusinesses – which contributed more than $200 million to the state’s economy in 2017.

Women’s involvement in West Virginia’s agriculture industry continues to grow and WVU Extension Service’s Women in Agriculture team hosts the annual conference to help fulfill the needs of these farmers, innovators and entrepreneurs. 

Read more about the WVU Extension Service’s programs for female farmers.

Best Film Opportunities: 

  • Friday, Nov. 15, noon to 5:30 p.m. – Pre-conference, hands-on farm and business tours (locations vary and are offsite)
  • Friday, Nov. 15, 6:30 - 8 p.m. – Local foods networking dinner
  • Saturday, Nov. 16, 8:45 -10 a.m. – Conference keynote and welcome

See the full conference schedule.



CONTACT: Hannah Booth
Communications Specialist
WVU Extension Service

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