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Public Communications (MS-11)
614 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA
Phone: 360.337.4598

Date: February 22, 2016
Contact: Margaret Vicbrock, WSU Extension
509.745.8531 or
No: 2016-012

WSU conference brings women in agriculture together to learn

On March 19, the 2016 Women in Agriculture Conference offers women in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Alaska a unique opportunity to gather in 31 different locations for a one-day event featuring knowledgeable speakers, inspiring stories, networking with other producers and practical advice for learning new skills.

This year’s event, “Power Up Your Communication, Power Up Your Farm” covers the topic of your communication style and how you use it to manage, motivate and influence people.

Locally, the conference will be held at the Norm Dicks Government Center in Bremerton. Visit the website ( for details about the conference and registration.

Whether you communicate on Facebook or face to face, it matters how you communicate with others. Understanding your style is a powerful tool for building personal and business relationships. This interactive and engaging conference defines how you communicate for success, according to WSU Douglas County Extension Director and chair of the conference, Margaret Viebrock. The format of this conference enables us to offer our headline speakers at all locations, while still tailoring the conference content for each region.

“Last year, nearly 650 women attended,” said Viebrock. “Many attendees reported it is the best conference for women producers because it presents practical information they can use right away.”

The lineup for the day includes Wendy Knopp and Michael Stolp with Northwest Farm Credit Services who help participants discover their communication style. These skills will improve decision making and connect marketing to what motivates prospects and customers.

Tangent, Oregon farmer, Shelly Boshart Davis, will explain how she improved her communication approach to improve her business strategies, motivate employees, work with her family and increase business sales.

“In addition to improving communications, this conference will help women farmers use their personality traits to change as the situation changes,” Viebrock added.

This conference is designed for women who are farming, as well as new and aspiring farmers. Supporting spouses, students, interns or people who own an agriculture-related business are also welcome.

The conference registration fee is $30, but if you register between now and March 5, you will receive the early bird special of $25. The conference registration fee includes the workshop, light breakfast, lunch and conference materials.

Persons with a disability requiring special accommodations while participating in this program may contact Margaret Viebrock at the email address listed above.

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Last Updated:  February 22, 2016