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Hundreds of Farm Women Gather in Mandan


Today the farm wives get a chance to get off the farm.
There are hundreds of farm meetings every year in North Dakota for farmers to attend.
But today, farm wives are attending a meeting of their own.
Ag Reporter Sarah Gustin takes you to the Farm Credit Services Farm Women's Forum.

Nearly 300 farm women are finding the value they hold in their own operation, as well as in their home communities.
"We need to talk to people when we are standing in the grocery store line. We need to donate ag educational books to the elementary schools. just little things that don't take a lot of effort. You are already standing in line. Talk to someone about your ranch, what you do and that you are helping to feed America. Just those one on one contacts truly make a difference."
Rebecca Long Chaney is a book author, travel writer and motivational speaker. 
She says farm women need to work everyday to protect and preserve their way of life.
Today she is sharing her story of how spending a year on a million acre cattle ranch in Australia changed her family's life.
"Very thankful and so blessed that we did take the adventure to Australia. I believe had we not we would not have our twin daughters. That was really the outcome of the journey. My husband decided that he really wanted to be a dad. So that was a priority when we came back to the states.
She now lives on a remote cattle ranch in south central Nebraska, where those twin girls have become their focus.
"Our girls are now the feature of our next journey in our family and that is producing ag educational children's books.  And they are making a difference from coast to coast and hopefully educating kids about where their food and fiber come from."
Farm and ranch women from across the state have traveled miles to hear her story.
"Women in agriculture, we don't take the time to sit back and congratulate ourselves for all that we do sometimes. I think we all deserve an opportunity to network and to really build each other up and empower and encourage each other. It's so important because we are absolutely key to the future of agriculture in North Dakota."

To learn more about Rebecca and the books she writes, visits Rebecca long chaney dot com.


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