The United States is home to more than 1.2 million female farmers. As these numbers climb, Alabama Extension is continuing its dedication to providing programming geared specifically toward women.
Brenda Glover, an Alabama Extension animal science and forages regional agent, will host a Basic Hands-On Training, June 14 at the Black Belt Research and Extension Center in Marion Junction, Ala. This training will highlight topics that are essential to a successful farming operation.
Glover said the training stemmed from a need for knowledge of the basics.
“There are lots of women getting involved on farms for one reason or another,” Glover said. “We would like to help them be more independent, take ownership and be successful.”
Fencing: Temporary and Permanent
Sutton Gibbs, NRCS
Tractors and Farm Implements: Driving, Checking oil, Tire pressure, Bushhogs, Sprayers
Wendy Yeager, farm owner
Pasture Pests: Measuring, Pest Control
Dr. Kelly Palmer, Auburn University
Trucks and Trailers: Goosenecks, Bumper Pulls
Katie Gantt, farm owner
Forage Yield Estimation and Soil Testing
Caroline Chappell and Katie Mason, Auburn University
Animal Health: Needle/vaccination selection, Injection sites
Dr. Jessica Rush, Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine
Attendees will have the opportunity to drive and work with equipment, as well as learning to soil sample and administer vaccinations using fruit.
“Hands-on training is important for women who are primary operators, and for those helping someone else on the farm,” Glover said.
The training will last from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Space is limited to 30 participants, and registration is first come, first served. Before May 31, the cost to register is $40, which includes lunch. After May 31, the cost increases to $50.
To register, or for more information about the training, contact Brenda Glover at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is a two-day Women in Ag workshop planned in October. Interested parties should watch the ACES calendar for updates.