There are more women farmers and ranchers today than there ever have been before. The National Farmers Union Women’s Conference, to be held virtually January 17-18, 2021, is designed to address the unique barriers women face in agriculture. Wisconsin Farmers Union is offering scholarships for women interested in attending the conference, which will cover a variety of subjects including business management, marketing, cooperative development, succession planning, food safety, and leadership. In addition to gaining relevant skills, attendees build a network of women farmers across the country who they can reach out to throughout the year.
The scholarship application is available at www.wisconsinfarmersunion.com and is due December 1st. Scholarships will help cover registration, which is $25 for Farmers Union members and $45 for non-members. If you’re not already a member, join WFU to be eligible for this scholarship. Preference will be given to first-time conference attendees.
Two Wisconsin farmers, Patty Edelburg and Erin Link, are among the featured speakers. Edelburg dairy farms near Amherst Junction and serves as Vice President of the National Farmers Union. Link raises rare San Clemente Island goats and is building up her EB Ranch in Ridgeland with direct marketing of goat milk soaps and pasture-raised meats.