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Women in Agriculture plan conference

Published: Friday, March 14, 2014 12:20 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, March 17, 2014 10:08 a.m. CDT

ROCK ISLAND —Women in Agriculture will hold a seminar at Jumer's Casino and Hotel, 777 Jumer Dr., Rock Island, on March 20 and March 21. The keynote speaker is Dr. Ron Hanson, Neal E. Harlan Professor of Agribusiness at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

New this year, the Women in Agriculture Conference is offering a dinner and conversation with Hanson beginning at 5 p.m. March 20 at Jumer's Hotel and Casino. The Women in Agriculture Conference Committee would like to invite Women in Agriculture attendees and their spouses to attend this evening designed just for farm couples.

The evening will begin with a social hour featuring a cash bar at 5 p.m. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. followed by a Market Outlook provided by Naomi Blohm, market advisor at Stewart-Peterson. Following Blohm’s Market Outlook, Hanson will present “I Only Need a Minute of Your Time.”

On Friday the Women in Agriculture Conference will begin with registration at 8 a.m. followed by Hanson’s keynote address “I only Need a Minute of Your Time” at 8:35 a.m. The keynote address will be followed by a wide variety of breakout sessions. The closing session and send off should conclude by 4 p.m.

The cost of the Thursday evening program will be $35 per person; spouses and guests are invited. The cost for Friday’s conference is $60, which will include a light breakfast and a plated luncheon. Walk-ins the day of the conference will be charged $75. Seating is limited. To register, go to

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