Executive Women Farmers Offer Advice for Tough Times

December 4, 2015 04:18 PM

This week, women farmers from across the country converged on the Palmer House in Chicago for the Executive Women in Agriculture Conference. During a panel discussion on Thursday Shelly Boshart, Tangent, Ore.; Wathina Luthi, Gage, Okla.; and Rochelle Krusemark, Trimont, Minn., joined Top Producer editor Sara Schafer to talk about a variety of issues in agriculture.

The discussion ranged from succession planning, to insurance coverage, to tips for beginning farmers and even time management.

You can listen to the discussion here:

Quotable Quotes from the Panel

  • “I can know my cost of production but somebody else controls what we get for it,” she says. “To me it’s kind of like the Chicago board of trade plays monopoly with our livelihood. You might have to tighten your belts, and there might not be a vacation.”
  •  “We converted our vehicles to CNG. Instead of paying $1.98 per gallon, we pay 30 cents.”
  •  “Just because your dad always did it, he’s going to expect that you already know. Communication is key.”
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