6th Annual Women Gaining Ground Conference March 7

Women, Land & Legacy of Southwest Iowa is excited to announce that this year’s Women Gaining Ground conference, scheduled for Saturday, March 7 at the Glenwood High School, will feature Dese Payne as the keynote speaker.  Desi, “The Attitude Adjuster” will be the opening act of the day.  Desi has over 35 years of experience as an entrepreneur, patient advocate, customer service and leadership training, and award-winning entertainer.  She is sure to start the day with motivating laughter!
Following the 9:00 keynote presentation, Christ Teachout, a local ag producer will share his first-hand account of how his conservation practices have transformed his soil.  You’ll be amazed when you get the dirt on soil health! 
Participants will choose from a variety of break-out sessions.  This year’s lineup includes:

  • Cooking with Pressure Pots/Air Fryers, Robin & Mace Hensen, “The Happy Hensen Chefs”; These theatrical home chefs are ready to wow you! 
  • Organizing 101, Amy Tokos, CPO®(Certified Professional Organizer);  Amy will share expert tips to help you finally get organized.                                                                      
  • Are Your Affairs in Order?, Deborah L. Petersen, Petersen Law PLLC; Learn about powers of attorney, medical directives & more.
  • Saving Our Avian Resources, Kay Neumann, Executive Director of SOAR;  Meet a bald eagle and learn what threats her species faces.                                                     
  • Property Transition & Succession, Patrick Hatting, ISU Extension & Outreach Farm Management Specialist;  A good plan can ensure the family farm stays in the family.
  • E-Cigs, Vapes, Juices & JULLS, Brandy Powers, Page County Public Health;  Arm yourself with education about vaping.
  • Social Media: The Good. The Bad. The Ugly,  Andrew Hoppman, Lied Public Library, Clarinda;  Explore the ins and outs of various social media apps.
  • Spotlighting Self-Care; Melody Wells & Stacy Truex, Reiki Practitioners, Lisa Smith, Essential Oils Distributor; Discover a variety of stress management techniques.              
  • (Nearly) Care-Free Gardening, Shirley Miller, Mills County Extension & Outreach; Weedless and carefree? Shirley will show you how it’s done!                                                                         
  • Crop Insurance: The Safety Net You May Need; Mary Sellers, VP/Compliance Mgr., NAU Country Insurance;     Get some insight about the benefits of crop insurance.     
  • What’s Your Story?, Tina Bakehouse, Communications Specialist; Ignite passion & influence audiences. Your story matters!                                         
  • Scams: Prevent & Protect, Captain Todd Weddum, Council Bluffs Police, CI Unit;  Protect yourself from cyber threats & identity scams.

The committee is excited to add a new session this year.  Stacy Burge from Sidney’s The Farmer’s Daughters, will lead the group in a craft project.  Together, participants will make stunning, yet simple, hoop wreaths.  The craft is free with a paid registration!
Not only will participants engage in a variety of learning opportunities, they will also be well-fed!  A breakfast bar featuring yogurt parfaits, mini muffins, coffee and juice will be available between 8 and 8:45 a.m.  Classic Café will be providing lunch, and we’ll send cookies along for the ride home!  Additionally, some of the best local vendors will be on-hand for casual shopping.  Vendor applications are being accepted until February 28.
Women, Land and Legacy sponsors include Farm Credit Services of America, Mills County Farm Bureau, Malvern Bank, Hillcrest Sales, LLC, Ken Wade memorial, Fremont County Farm Bureau Federation, US Bank, Arbor Bank, Red Oak Greenhouse, Bank Iowa of Shenandoah, Essex and Red Oak, Montgomery County Farm Bureau, East Pott Farm Bureau, West Pott Farm Bureau, Fremont County Soil and Water Conservation District, East Pott Soil and Water Conservation District, Montgomery County Soil and Water Conservation District, West Pott Soil and Water Conservation District, Mills County Soil and Water Conservation District, Iowa Corn Growers, Houghton State Bank, Fremont County Extension and Outreach, Mills County Extension and Outreach, Page County Extension and Outreach and Montgomery County Extension and Outreach.
Registration and vendor forms are available at www.extension.iastate.edu/fremontor visit our Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/womenlandlegacywgg/.  Register by February 21 to be eligible for a chance to win $100 CASH!  All registrations are due by February 28.  Special accommodations, including dietary needs, must be requested in advance.  Any questions can be directed to Fremont County ISU Extension at (712) 374-2351; Mills County ISU Extension at (712) 624-8616; Page County ISU Extension at (712) 542-5171, or Montgomery County ISU Extension at (712) 623-2592.
Women, Land & Legacy (WLL) is an education and outreach program designed to educate and empower women.  Three to four programs are presented each year to bring relevant information and resources to local women to help them affect positive changes in their communities.  WLL of Southwest Iowa serves the counties of East Pottawattamie, Fremont, Mills, Montgomery, Page and West Pottawattamie.  Its programs are available to all. 
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