Baton Rouge, La. Dawn Mellion-Patin, Ph.D., Extension Specialist, Agriculture, submitted a 30-minute presentation titled “Wisteria Alliance,” which was accepted for presentation at the 2015 Extension Risk Management Education National Conference in Minneapolis, MN from April 29 - 30, 2015. Her presentation was included in the conference proceedings, available at http://agrisk.umn.edu after the conference.
The Extension Risk Management Education National Conference brings together private and public sector educators, crop insurance agents, lenders, and other agricultural professionals. The biennial conference allows this diverse group to share ongoing and emerging successful risk management education efforts which target agricultural producers and their families.Conference participants learn about what is working to help producers effectively manage the following types of risks associated with their agribusinesses: Production, Price or Market, Financial, Legal/Institutional, and Human Risk.
The Wisteria Alliance is a relatively new training series offered by the Southern University Ag Center, with the goal of providing practical, hands-on activities for women who live on farms, those interested in starting a farm, and /or urban / community gardeners. All of the trainings are designed for women, and are primarily conducted by women. During the training sessions, facilitators strive to create an atmosphere where women are comfortable asking questions, and learning different tasks normally reserved for men, in a warm nurturing environment.