By Deborah B. Reed, PhD, RN
I am so pleased to begin this new adventure of collecting stories authored by women in agriculture!
We are blessed to live the “good life” – seeing a beautiful sunrise as we begin our work and especially
counting the stars overhead (a gift so many in our world never even see) every night.
Between sunup and sundown though we experience life as it is on the farm or ranch- pulling that stubborn baby calf, mending fences, weeding endless rows of vegetables. But ask any true farmer and she will say, “I wouldn’t trade it for anything!” This book will be an uplifting inspiration at the end of a long day. Let it be filled with real stories from real women whose mission it is to serve through crop and livestock production: to feed and clothe the world. I cherish and look forward to each woman’s contribution.
It doesn’t matter if you consider yourself a “writer”, indeed it may be far better just to write the way you talk, the way your heart tells you. Through sharing our stories other women will realize that they are not alone in this journey- through the good times and the not so good. We will draw strength and peace from each other. We will bond and our collective voice will lift us up. Our stress will lessen, our pulse will slow, our spirits will grow, our praise will expand.
Please consider sharing your story with me for possible publication. Each story should be one to three double-spaced pages. Think of your story as a “Chicken Soup for the Women in Ag” type of story. When we have all the stories collected we will go through an editing process and you will have the opportunity to review your edited story before we go to press (well, we don’t have a publisher yet but we will!). Part of the net proceeds will be earmarked for scholarships through the organizations that contribute the selected stories- that way we all invest in the future!
Please share this request with your organization and with women in agriculture that you know anywhere. Each of us has a story that keeps us going. What’s your story?
I hope to have the stories and be in press by August, 2018 so we have the books ready long before Christmas next year and we can market them at conferences and events where ag women
Thank you for your consideration and for the work you do. Questions can be directed to me via email at email@example.com or you can leave a phone message or text at 859-333-0501.
The 2018 Kentucky Proud® Farm to Fork program will increase the awareness of the local food movement by partnering with organizations to benefit a charity in their community. These organizations can host dinners that will highlight local farms, farmers, producers and Kentucky Proud® products. The program will also promote local Agritourism businesses and provide an educational background on locally produced food and products.
Deadline: All Farm to Fork Events must take place Before November 15, 2018.
Applications for Farm to Fork events are due thirty (30) days before the event.
Send completed application and agreement to:
Kentucky Department of Agriculture
Office of Agricultural Marketing
Farm to Fork Program
Attention: Alisha Morris
111 Corporate Drive
Frankfort, KY 40601
For more info contact:
Phone: 502-782– 4119
Event info can be found online at www.kyagr.com
Join AgSafe on the second Tuesday at 12 PM EST of each month for a FREE webinar on our most popular safety topics. Each 30 minute session will help you prioritize needs for your farm and will include a checklist to help put everything into action. To Register, visit http://www.agsafe.org/on-line-learning/.
APRIL 10: HEAT ILLNESS PREVENTION
MAY 8: ATV SAFETY
JUNE 12: EMERGENCY PLAN
Spring is in the air, but so is a lot of moisture, in the form of snow or rain depending on what part of KY you live! Even though the first day of spring has arrived, we are still experiencing the last chills of winter. But KWIA are well on their way to an upbeat 2018 with District Meetings and events around the state engaging women that are interested in promoting KY agriculture! From Chaney's Dairy in Warren County to Tammy Horn Potter's Bee Farm in Fayette County, ladies are gathering to learn more about the many aspects of KY agriculture and promoting its sustainability.
For generations, women have been the key to successful farming operations from behind the scenes, but in this generation more and more women are stepping into the lead roles in their farming communities. The KWIA organization will once again offer an annual conference which will inspire and educate our members to be successful in their endeavors whether it is to become leaders, educators of agriculture, farm operators, or supporters of healthier lifestyles for their families. The 2018 Annual Conference is scheduled for October 15 and 16, at the Cave City Convention Center. Our theme will be “The Root Cause”, which will focus on healthier lifestyles through education, involvement and action. This year will be our 2 day conference which will consist of one day of speakers, our annual business meeting and roundtable topics. The second day will be farm tours in
the area surrounding the venue. Please get these dates on your calendar and plan to attend, not only for the informative content we will provide but for the wonderful networking opportunities that most women enjoy by attending the conference.
There are many opportunities to get involved in your communities or even in the state to help shape agriculture policy and regulations. We try to keep you up-to-date on ag. related legislation so you can make informed decisions. Remember that you have a voice and you are at the grassroots of agriculture. Let your voice be heard and don't be afraid to get involved. KWIA also offers opportunities to step up and become leaders! We have 14 District Representatives on our board from across the state along with our Executive Committee. We also have Committees within our organization in which we need members to serve. I would encourage you to get more involved in KY Women in Ag and get INSPIRED ABOUT THE AMAZING AGRICULTURE IN KY!
Our very own Jenny Stelmach (right) was elected Vice President of Communications at the AAW Convention last month! Congrats Jenny!
Dr. Kristie Guffey came on board at WKU in January of 2016 teaching Organizational leadership focusing on youth, women and global leadership. Recently, she was the director of the Kentucky FFA Leadership Training Center in Hardinsburg, Kentucky. The Center is owned and operated by the Kentucky Department of Education and Kristie ran the non-profit, leadership facility for three years.
Kristie hails from Trigg County where her family has a small beef cattle farm on the south side of the county. She was active in the FFA and 4-H and served as the Kentucky State FFA President. She received her undergraduate degree in Agriculture Education from Western Kentucky, her Master’s in Agriculture Education from Murray State and her doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Western Kentucky University in 2012. Guffey taught high school agriculture for four years in Carlisle County before coming on board in agriculture at the WKU-Glasgow campus in 2005. While at the Glasgow campus, Kristie worked with her mentor, Dr. David Coffey, in leading 12 study abroad trips to Ecuador. She has led 16 trips over the course of her career and getting ready to embark on a new adventure to China with students in June of 2018.
Kristie has been been married to her husband, Jamie for 13 years and they have two rambunctious girls, Addy Jing who is 6 years old and Ayla Belle who is 2. Their boxer puppy, Dooku provides sanity in their crazy life.