The number of women making the decisions is growing on farms large and small across the U.S.

Against that backdrop, and especially in view of the current struggling farm economy, Kansas State University is host to a four-part series of workshops focused on helping women to sharpen their farm financial management skills.

More than 25,500 women are decision makers on Kansas farms. They farm more than 14 million acres, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Census of Agriculture. Overall in 2017, 36 percent of all agricultural producers across the country were women, up from 31.5 percent in 2012. Fifty-six percent of farms had at least one female decision maker.

“Women in agriculture will be specifically targeted for these workshops,” said Robin Reid, a farm economist with K-State Research and Extension. “They tend to be an underserved demographic, but many times they are doing the books or record-keeping for the operation. By teaching them skills necessary to turn farm records into financial statements, and then using those statements to make assessments and management decisions, farm women can increase the profitability and sustainability of their operations.”

The K-State Research and Extension program will run as a series, so each evening session builds on material from the previous sessions. Participants register at a cost of $40 for the entire four-session series. The fee covers all meals and program materials. The sessions, all on Wednesdays, are from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 15, Jan. 22, Jan. 29 and Feb. 5,  and are offered in 31 locations around the state through a combination of broadcasted keynote and local speakers.

Local K-State Research and Extension agents will serve as hosts for the program and facilitate the hands-on activities and discussions. Dinner will be served at each location to start each of the four sessions.

For more information, including a list and contact information for all participating sites, visit www.AgManager.info under the Events page. Registration is available online or by contacting the local host site location. For questions, contact Robin Reid at (785) 532-0964 or LaVell Winsor at (785) 220-5451.

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