Gradin headlines MU’s women in ag online conference

Event Nov. 5, 10, 12, 17 offers motivation, education for women farmers and ranchers

Posted 10/28/20

Temple Grandin, renowned author on animal behavior and autism, will be one of four keynote speakers during the virtual 2020 Pixels of Production – Women in Agriculture conference.

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Gradin headlines MU’s women in ag online conference

Event Nov. 5, 10, 12, 17 offers motivation, education for women farmers and ranchers

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Temple Grandin, renowned author on animal behavior and autism, will be one of four keynote speakers during the virtual 2020 Pixels of Production – Women in Agriculture conference.

Pixels of Production offers women farmers and ranchers a four-night opportunity to learn practical tips and be inspired, says University of Missouri Extension swine nutritionist Marcia Shannon. The online event, presented via Zoom, replaces the annual Pearls of Production face-to-face, hands-on conference.

Topics range from ergonomics to silvopasture, Shannon says.

The sessions run 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Nov. 5 to Nov. 17. Each evening’s presentations include a session on practical tips and a headline speaker.

Scholarships are available for previous Pearls of Production attendees, high school and college students, and beginning farmers and ranchers. The regular fee is $70 for all four evenings. Participants with limited broadband access can contact their local MU Extension center for viewing options.

Visit facebook.com/womenandagriculture for details and updates. For more information, contact Shannon at CarlsonM@missouri.edu or 573-882-7859.

Sessions and topics

Thursday, Nov. 5:

• “Ergonomic Tool Talk”: MU Extension health and safety specialist Karen Funkenbusch and livestock specialist Brenda Schreck.

• “Livestock Identity and Tagging”: livestock specialists Kendra Graham and Rachel Hopkins.

• Ashland farmer Caroline Sicht gives keynote address on “Building Bridges” to help farmers tell their stories. Visit www.TellYourFarmStory.com.

Tuesday, Nov. 10:

• “Livestock in the Woods”: natural resources specialist Sarah Havens.

• Keynote speaker Micah Jansen, a Zoetis Inc. veterinarian, will speak on “Vaccinology.” She gives an overview of basic pig immunology, how vaccines work, how vaccines can become less effective and how to properly vaccinate.

• “Silvopasture”: Ashley Conway of the MU Center for Agroforestry talks the integration of trees with animals and forages.

Thursday, Nov. 12:

• “ABCs of USDA” with USDA representatives.

• Keynote speaker Temple Grandin on “Beginning Women in Agriculture”

• “Grants: Show Me the Money”: horticulture specialist Debi Kelly.

Tuesday, Nov. 17:

• “Livestock Tools and Equipment”: livestock specialists Kendra Graham and Rachel Hopkins.

• Keynote speaker Amberley Snyder, a championship barrel racer who became paralyzed from the waist down after a car crash, wrote “Walk Ride Rodeo: A Story About Amberley Snyder.” She continues to compete in pole bending and breakaway roping.

• “Regenerative Agriculture”: Susan Jaster, farm outreach worker with Lincoln University.

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