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Women on the farm
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Family farms are usually ran with everyone having specific jobs that they are responsible for, that together, make the family farm run smoothly. But what happens when tragically, a part of the family is no longer able to do their part?
If your spouse passed away suddenly, would you know what all they do to keep the farm productive? Would you know what bills have been paid, and what payments are due so that you are not taken advantage of in a time of tragedy? There is now a committee that has been formed to address the needs of women on the farm to bring up the subjects that may need to be discussed now instead of later the unthinkable happens. Pam Tucker wrote a news release that I wanted to share that explains the newly formed group, and what to expect from our first meeting this July. We hope to see you all there!
Addressing the needs of women whether a small or a large part in the farm or ranch is the purpose of the newly organized committee of Rush, Barton and Pawnee Counties called “Women on the Farm”. Our first workshop meeting is planned for July 21, 2 to 5 p.m. at the Extension Office Meeting Room, 702 Main Street in LaCrosse. The committee plans on holding a workshop every quarter in the three county areas.   
Marylyn Bell “Tips from the Trenches” will speak at the July meeting.  Marylyn’s husband was killed in an accident just two miles from their home. Their youngest child who had not yet started kindergarten, miraculously survived. She will talk about things to think about and have taken care of before the sudden loss of a spouse. She will give examples of how to help others when tragedy strikes.
D. Elizabeth Kiss, PH.D, “Decisions after a Death: Practical Suggestions Regarding Financial and Legal” will also speak. It is difficult to make decisions or even know where to start after the death of someone close to you. When you are grieving, it is hard to think clearly. This session will discuss some of the legal and financial issues that you may have to deal with.
The workshop will finish with a panel discussion which will consist of our speakers and women who have experienced taking responsibility for the farm. They will provide tips and answer any questions about keeping the farm together after a loss to your farm family.
Please join us for our first workshop with an RSVP by July 16th with the Rush County Conservation District, 785-222-2615 Ext. 101 or on our face book page “Women on the Farm”. “Women on the Farm” is brought to you by United States Department of Agriculture, Barton, Pawnee, Rush County Conservation Districts and K-State Research and Extension.
Alicia Boor is the Agriculture and Natural Resources agent for Barton County K-State Research and Extension. You can contact her by e-mail at or calling 620-793-1910