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Susan Stewart provokes gales of laughter during her Monday keynote on healing stress with humour.

Farm Women’s Conference brings laughs and lessons

After a tough year of farming, Manitoba’s farming women lightened up with funny and empowering speakers

Agricultural women came together for a little levity and learning after a rough year of farming at this year’s Manitoba Farm Women’s Conference. “People are going through tough times all the time, and this year was especially hard,” said conference organizer Jody Jury. “People need a little bit of laughter and they come together for a bit of a good

Panelists Laura Lazo of Manitoba Women in Agriculture, Pam Bailey, chair of Ag Women Manitoba and Arenda Vanderdeen of the Manitoba Women’s Institute told the recentManitoba Farm Women’s Conference
that technology can trump geographic isolation.

Linked by technology

Manitoba Farm Women’s conference panel says technology can connect women in agriculture into powerful networks

Women who farm and live in rural Manitoba need relationships with each other, not merely ‘connections,” — not easy to establish or maintain given provincial geography. But organizations well established and new are working hard to change that, and with a high-tech twist. Why it matters: Manitoba women in the agriculture sector can be geographically


Motivational speaker and North Dakota farmer Katie Dilse leads one of several sessions on life balance during the 
2017 Manitoba Farm Women’s Conference Nov. 19-21 in Brandon.

The changing face of the farm-her

Female farmers, agriculture industry workers and others gathered for Manitoba Farm Women’s Conference

The Manitoba Farm Women’s Conference wants female farmers to start thinking about the next century-and-a-half. The 31st incarnation of the event landed in Brandon Nov. 19-21, taking on the theme, “Advancing Farm Women for the Next 150 years.” Conference chair Donna Lee Brown said the theme is a play on Canada 150, marking changes in agriculture and

Chelsea Boonstra says social media is giving young women in agriculture like her a voice.

Farm Women’s Conference sees upsurge

Young farm women are showing more interest in the organization which pleases longtime members

What a difference a decade can make. Ten years ago, as the Manitoba Farm Women’s Conference celebrated its 20th anniversary, many of the organizers were wondering quietly if it might be time to consider wrapping things up. Attendance had been falling, the membership was, like in many farm-based groups of the time, aging, and the

Bailey Gitzel, 17, was a speaker at the ‘From the Ground Up’ themed Manitoba Farm Women’s Conference in Winkler last week. She lives on a farm near Graysville with her parents, Robyn and Glennis Gitzel, and her two younger brothers.

World conference an eye-opener for Graysville teen

Seeing the big picture has changed Bailey Gitzel’s path in life

You learn a lot growing up on a farm. Graysville farm girl Bailey Gitzel jokes she’s already starting to look back to when she was “a kid with too many chickens.” “I’ve had some life-changing experiences between then and now,” says the 17-year-old Grade 12 student in Carman Collegiate. Her foray into poultry just after


Carrying on: The Connery family of Portage la Prairie, (l to r) Kyle Nichol, Samantha Connery, Beth Connery, Lisa Philippot, Lucas Connery (front) and Chris Connery.

Annual conference highlights female farmer strength, capability

Manitoba Farm Women’s conference features speakers from near and far

When Beth Connery’s husband died suddenly in the summer of 2012, through the grief, she still had to think about the harvest. She asked her kids if they wanted to continue farming and they said yes. So the family got to work. “The reality of a farm, especially in summer, is that there is a