Conference is a chance for women to grow

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By Maryellen Garrison

Kentucky farm women can get together to compare notes, listen to nationally prominent speakers, and enjoy a delicious Kentucky Proud meal at the 12th annual Kentucky Women in Agriculture Conference Oct. 26-28 at the Crowne Plaza-Campbell House in Lexington.

If you’re a woman who is involved in Kentucky agriculture, this conference will give you information you can use and send you home feeling energized and motivated. The “Taste of Kentucky Proud” dinner on Oct. 27 will showcase great Kentucky Proud foods and the skills of chefs Jeremy Ashby (winner of the Great Kentucky Seafood Cook Off) and Bobby Benjamin, as well as culinary students from Sullivan University.

Melissa Jenkins Smith – you might remember her better as Missy Jenkins – will deliver the final address of the conference on Friday morning, entitled “I Choose to Be Happy.” Missy has become much more than a victim of the senseless 1997 Paducah shooting that left her paralyzed; today she is a wife, a mother, an award-winning author and a popular speaker. I hope you will take this opportunity to meet this courageous young woman and hear her inspiring message.

KWIA encourages guests to bring an item to assist the Kentucky Agribusiness Development Team with its mission in Afghanistan. Items for “Ag in the Afghan Classroom” will be used to teach

Afghan children ages 12-17 about basic agriculture, including beekeeping, poultry farming, gardening and food safety.  Items may include posters, elementary-level books (in English), agriculture magazines, activity sheets, lesson plans and school supplies.

The registration deadline for the Kentucky Women in Agriculture Conference is Oct. 14. Scholarships are available. For more information, go to www.kywomeninag.com.

Kentucky Women in Agriculture empowers women through education, involvement, action and  the promotion of  Kentucky agriculture and Kentucky agricultural products.  Women have always been a backbone of Kentucky agriculture, but these days more and more women are taking their rightful place in the driver’s seat of many farm operations, commodity organizations, and ag-related businesses. Kentucky Women in Agriculture can help you succeed.

Chautauqua presents “The Last Shaker”
6:30 p.m. Oct.  25 at Twin Oaks

Frank and Mary Settles were planning to move from Louisville to Missouri, where they would purchase a farm and raise a family, but after Frank left Mary and the children at Pleasant Hill to get the farm he never returned.  She taught at Pleasant Hill for 27 years and was the last member to live there. 

Janet Scott will be portraying Mary Settles.  She is the co-founder of Lexington’s highly acclaimed theatre group On the Verge.  She served as director of a senior citizens’ acting workshop and is a graduate of Columbia University.  She has taught professional acting in New York City for 30 years. 

Don’t miss this program, which was funded in part by the Kentucky Humanities Council, Inc. and the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Refreshments will be served following the program.  There is no charge, but we need you to register at 845-2811 so that we will have adequate seating and refreshments.

Educational programs of the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, disability, or national origin.