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      28th Annual Women in Agriculture Conference to be Held in Kearney

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      The 28th Women in Agriculture Conference is being held Feb. 21-22 at the Kearney Holiday Inn.

      At the annual conference, Nebraska women will learn to care and plan for their farms, communities, families, and themselves.

      This year's conference, "Communicating in Challenging Times," will feature a variety of workshops and speakers.

      One of the featured teachers, Temple Grandin, a professor of animal science at Colorado State University, will discuss her designs of livestock handling and cattle processing facilities that are meant to reduce animal stress.

      Grandin also speaks about her experience with autism, which she was diagnosed with as a child.

      Other speakers include Jolene Brown, a farmer and author from West Branch,Iowa, and Cheryl Burkhart-Kriesel, co-owner of Kriesel Certified Seed andUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension community development specialist.

      Brown will be the keynote speaker Thursday morning with her talk, "It's aJungle Out There! Blazing New Trails for Agriculture." Burkhart-Krieselwill speak on how to draw residents to rural Nebraska communities. Grandin willclose the conference with her speech at noon on Friday.

      Between speakers, conference attendees can pick from over 30 workshops. Topics include livestockand grain marketing, crop insurance, family communication, business transitionand beef nutrition.

      For more information or to register, go to wia.unl.edu or call 1-800-535-3456. Hard copyregistration forms can be sent to Women in Agriculture, UNL AgriculturalEconomics, 303 Filley Hall, Lincoln, Neb., 68583 or faxed to 1-402-472-0776.

      The early-bird fee of $100per person is due by Feb. 8. After that date the fee becomes $120 per person.Fee includes workshop materials, registration and meals.

      The conference is sponsored by the Institute of Agriculture and NaturalResources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension and the Department ofAgricultural Economics.

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