Registration opens Jan. 7 for Women in Ag conference

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Renowned author and speaker Temple Grandin will be in Marshall on March 15 for the 10th annual Women in Agriculture Regional conference.

Every year, the annual Women in Agriculture Regional Conference at the Martin community Center in Marshall gets better than the previous year.

But this year, the 10th annual conference promises to be the best yet. Registration opens on Monday, Jan. 7 and organizers are encouraging people to sign up as early as possible.

"We think this conference will close long before the date. The sooner someone can register to Jan. 7, the better, because we anticipate maxing out at 500," said Cynthia Crawford, one of the organizers. "A person should not wait until closer to the date to register this year."

Set for March 15, 2013, attendees will be given the "red-carpet treatment," and treated like "all-stars," according to organizers.

The conference also boasts nationally known speakers including Temple Grandin, who was the subject of an award winning HBO movie staring Clare Danes. A nationally known writer and animal scientist, Grandin, who is autistic, was listed in the Time 100 list of the 100 most influential people in the world in the "Heroes" category. Her books include "Animals in Translation", "Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships", and "Different Not Less".

The impressive list of speakers is already causing a buzz around the state.

"I had somebody the other day at the (MU) football game say, 'Is Temple Grandin really coming to Marshall?'" said Crawford. "And yes, we're not bringing her electronically. We're bringing her here."

Trent Loos, a nationally known agriculture and food educator and star of the nationally syndicated radio show, Loos Tales, will also speak at the conference.

Other speakers include Hugh Harvey, Saline County probate judge, who has been a conference favorite, because of his knowledge of farm estate planning; and humorous agriculture speaker, Susie Oberdahlhoff, of Bowling Green, who is back by popular demand.

The morning kicks off at 8 a.m. with registration and a light breakfast. At 9 a.m. Susie O' will entertain the crowd, followed by Harvey at 10:15 a.m. and Loos at 11:10 a.m.

Lunch this year, will also be special, featuring prime rib. A brass band will also entertain during the lunch hour.

Grandin will speak at 1:30 p.m. and the conference will wrap up at 3 p.m.

Registration is just $20 per person.

"I think we've worked hard to try to keep the cost for participants as low as we possibly can," said Jared Singer, Saline County FSA executive director and a member of the planning committee. "I think we would all agree we feel we are giving a great value with the level of speakers we are bringing to Marshall. We couldn't do it without the generosity of our sponsors." More information can be found at or on FaceBook.