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2016 Midwest Women in Agriculture Conference 
February 17-18, 2016

The 15th Annual Midwest Women in Agriculture Conference will take place at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Columbus, IN.  The committee has been working hard to provide a program to fit the needs of women in all sectors of agriculture and in different phases of their life.  Speakers will provide you with the information you need to help your  enterprise and live a better life. 

We hope you will join us for the conference and invite family and friends to come along. If you have any questions prior to the conference, please feel free to contact us.​

Young Ladies of Agriculture Central Indiana Forum
evening of February 17th, 2016
(Held during the Midwest Women in Agriculture Conference) 

Information about the Young Ladies Forum
Registration for Young Ladies Forum (evening of February 17th)​

Make the Best Out of a Code Red Situation! 
Be Prepared with a Code Red Flash Drive. ​

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The Purdue Women in Agriculture Team found a need for farm families and small businesses to have one central location to collect critical business information required for day to day operations.  In the event of a crisis in the operation, the business would be able to continue with minimal disruptions in a timely fashion while utilizing the Code Red document.  The crisis may be only for a short time or it may be a long term change in the operation but the need for timely information about the people in the operation and their contacts are very important. 

For more information about Code Red, please contact any member of the Purdue Women in Agriculture Team or visit the Code Red page on this website.  Code Red Flash Drives are available for purchase this holiday season.  Ordering information can be found on the Code Red page or by contacting any Purdue Women in Agriculture Team member. 

Planning for Retirement and Estate Management

The Purdue Succession Planning & Women in Agriculture Team would like to invite you to participate in the upcoming Farming Together Series.  

Day 1 of​ the workshop will run from 9 a.. to 4 p.m. and includes lunch.  This session is highlighted by the following presentations: 

  • Ready, Set, Retire... Wait!  How Do I Do That?  Like the rest of America, Indiana farmers are graying.  Farm families face challenges related to retirement planning and implementation.  Find out your options for retirement today. 

  • What's it Worth if You Stay on the Farm?  Equal is not always fair.  An equitable division needs to address on-farm heir compensation and the ability of the on-farm heir to maintain the farm family business. 

  • Crafting Your Estate Plan  Estate planning is an important piece of your farm's overall succession plan.  In this session, participants will walk through the roadmap for crafting an estate plan for your family and farm: exploring estate planning goals, assessing your current estate, considering risks and then understanding what estate planning tools could work best for you. 

  • Taking the Dys out of Dysfunctional:  Developing Functional Farm Meetings Farm meetings can be quite dysfunctional given the added pressure of working with family.  Learn ways to adjust to different communication methods and generational differences while focusing on the ultimate goal of avoiding a dysfunctional farm meeting through this interactive session on developing a functional farm meeting. 

Day 2 is a complimentary one-hour farm family meeting with members of Purdue Extension's Farm Succession Planning Team. 

Sessions will take place at the following locations: 

Seymour - Community Foundation of Jackson Co., January 12-13, 2016 (Registration due December 29th) 
Wabash - REMC Building, January 26-27, 2016 (Registration due January 12th) 
Danville - Hendricks County Extension Office, February 2-3, 2016 (Registration due January 19th) 
Evansville - Vanderburgh 4-H Center, February 9-10, 2016 (Registration due January 26th) 
Rensselaer - Jasper County Fairgrounds, March 1-2, 2016 (Registration due February 17th) 

Cost is $150 for the first four family members and $15 for each additional member.  For more information, contact Denise Schroeder, Purdue Extension Educator at 219-984-5115 or Funding for the workshop was provided by the North Central Risk Management Education Center. 

Registration Success Plan 2016.pdfRegistration Success Plan 2016.pdf


​​WIA Email Group

Purdue Extension maintains an email group for women in agriculture. If you are not already subscribed, please send an email to to subscribe. If you have a question or problem, just send an email to the list for help. This is a moderated list and you will not receive junk email.