Opportunities for women to connect, learn, and shop will be offered at an upcoming Women in Agriculture event on Tuesday, March 26, at 5:00 p.m. at the Velma Houts Fair Building in Rock Port, Missouri.

Offered by the Atchison County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA), Atchison County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and University of Missouri Extension, the theme for this year’s event is “Taking Care of You.” Registration opens at 5:00 p.m. Heavy hors d’oeuvres, desserts and drinks will be available throughout the evening while attendees browse through a vendor fair featuring local entrepreneurs (most of whom are women) and agencies. Door prizes donated by local businesses will be given away during the evening, and a silent auction will be available with funds being used for future women in ag programs.

Educational workshops will also provide women in attendance with the information and tools that they need to manage stress. First, at 6:00 p.m., Tammy Sparks, family nurse practitioner at Community Hospital-Fairfax, will share her expertise on how stress affects our health (and how to know if it is).

The keynote presentation will provide additional expertise on stress management. Katie Pemberton, human development and family studies specialist with MU Extension, will address “managing stress and tools for your stress-management toolbox.” In agriculture, there can be many stressors – uncertainties such as markets, weather, etc., financial challenges, long hours during calving and harvest, conflict with employees or family members, just to name a few. But everyone, whether involved in agriculture or not, is faced with many stressors, and Katie will share practical tips in a fun and interactive way.

All women are invited and welcome to attend. You don’t have to be from Atchison County or involved in agriculture. Tickets are $5 per person, and can be purchased ahead of time at the Atchison County USDA Service Center at 302 E. U.S. Hwy. 136 in Rock Port, EM’s Emporium in Rock Port, Farmers State Bank in Fairfax, and the Flower Mill in Tarkio.

For more information, contact the Atchison County Soil and Water Conservation District at 660-744-6201, ext. 3. If you need accommodations because of a disability, need to relay emergency medical information or need special arrangements if the building is evacuated, contact the program as soon as possible.