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Heart of Farm conference set for February
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MADISON - Wisconsin farm women have the opportunity to network, learn about farm business topics and connect with agricultural resources by attending one of six University of Wisconsin-Extension Heart of the Farm-Women in Agriculture conferences being held in January, February and March across Wisconsin. One of the conferences will be held on two Saturdays in New Glarus in February.

On Feb. 7 and 21, Dane and Green County UW-Extension offices will host a Heart of the Farm conference and encourages participants to attend the two Saturday sessions that will be held at the New Glarus High School. Topics include:

• Communicating effectively within farm families. A panel of farm women from Green and Dane Counties that will include Joan Judd, Yoggi Brown and Kim Flannery will discuss how they deal with the challenges of keeping communication flowing in their family farm business.

• An overview of the Farm Service Agency's dairy and crop program will be presented by Teresa Zimmer, Green County FSA Director. She will help farm wives to gain a better understanding of their programs and all the paperwork that goes with them.

• A Question and Answer Period will be held with Dr. Lisa Holcomb, a large animal veterinarian from the Argyle Veterinary Service SC. Participants will be able to quiz Holcomb on questions relating to calf care and other farm animal health issues.

• An overview of the QuickBooks software program will be given by Stan Schraufnagel, UW-River Falls and Jenny Vanderlin of the UW Dairy Profitability Center. QuickBooks is a popular software program for keeping farm records and paying bills. Participants will be able to have some hands on training on how to use the program during the seminar.

The registration fee is $20 for both sessions and includes breaks and meals. For more information about these conferences contact the Green County UW-Extension office at (608) 328-9440 or download a brochure from the Heart of the Farm Web site at