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Montana USDA Agencies Host Women Stepping Forward for Agriculture Symposium

Lori Valadez

Montana USDA Agencies Host Women Stepping Forward for Agriculture Symposium


Bozeman, Mont, July 27, 2012 - Make plans now to attend the 12th annual Women Stepping Forward for Agriculture Symposium at Montana Expo Park in Great Falls, Mont., Sept. 25-27, 2012.

This symposium will give women involved in promoting Montana’s agriculture the opportunity to learn about issues affecting Montana’s rural agricultural communities, promote leadership development and further support women’s leadership roles within those communities. Topics for discussion include tax issues and estate planning, USDA agency updates, the carbon footprint of agriculture, grain market outlooks, online ranching and a federal legislative update.

Registration for the symposium is set at $50 prior to Sept. 10 and $60 after that date. Registration fees and forms may be sent to Kathy Wiley, P.O. Box 167, Musselshell, MT 59059-0167, Checks can be made payable to WSFA. The registration form may be found on the Montana NRCS Web site at

Attendees are encouraged to bring a silent auction item from their local area. Auction proceeds are used to support future symposiums. There is also booth space available for your organization or business.

This year’s symposium is hosted and sponsored by the following: USDA Food and Agriculture Council, Montana Agri-Women, Montana Cattlewomen, Montana Farm Bureau Women, Montana Woolgrower Women, Women Involved in Farm Economics (WIFE), Montana Beef Council, Ag in Montana Schools, Intertribal Agriculture Council, Montana Department of Agriculture, Glacier County Conservation District, and the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation.

For more information, contact , Natural Resources Conservation Service, at or or visit the NRCS Web site at 


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