Submitted by Melodie Bailey
CED, Gilmer-Calhoun County FSA Office

USDA's Farm Service Agency serving Gilmer and Calhoun Counties is conducting a "Women in Agriculture" event on Tuesday at the Gilmer County Recreation Center in Glenville, WV from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public; however, a donation of non-perishable goods will be accepted to assist with USDA's Feds Farmers and Friends Feed Families effort. Farmers from Calhoun, Gilmer, and the surrounding counties, male and female alike are encouraged to participate.

The event will celebrate women's vital role in agriculture today. Secretary of State Natalie Tennant will be on hand to talk about Business in WV. Representatives from federal and state agencies will also be there to provide information on assistance available to local farmers including cost-share programs and loan opportunities. Other topics to be discussed will be farm safety and Women on Wellness, as well as a cooking demonstration.

"We are excited to bring this event to Gilmer County. Similar events have been held across the state including events in Calhoun and Harrison Counties last year," says Melodie Bailey, County Executive Director for the Gilmer-Calhoun Farm Service Agency.

Refreshments will be provided by the Gilmer County Farm Bureau and will be served from 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Individuals interested in participating are asked to pre-register by Friday, September 2, 2011, by calling the USDA Service Center in Glenville at (304)462-7171, ext. 2. Pre-registration for the event is recommended, but not required for participation.

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