HOT SPRINGS, Ark. -- The second Arkansas Women in Agriculture conference will be held March 6-7 at the Hot Springs Convention Center in Hot Springs “to enrich the lives and empower the participants in all aspects of agriculture and in the rural community,” said Jennie Popp, an agricultural economist in the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture and Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences.

Jolene Brown of West Branch, Iowa, will return to the conference to deliver the keynote address, “Stand Up, Step Out and Lead.” She also will moderate a panel discussion regarding intergenerational concerns called “Generations at Work or At War.”

Dick Bell, Arkansas secretary of agriculture, will introduce conference participants to the new Arkansas Department of Agriculture.

Concurrent session topics include tax, water and legal issues in agriculture; family financial planning; getting to know the new Arkansas Department of Agriculture; alternative marketing strategies available to Arkansas farmers; financial assistance for production agriculture; understanding the signs of drug use in your community; home organization; cooking with Arkansas agricultural products; and Arkansas native foods.

The full conference agenda is available on the Web: http://www.uark.edu/ua/arwia/arwomeninag/registration06.htm Registration is $35. Students can register for $25. More information is on the conference Web site: http://www.arwomeninag.com or call Jennie Popp or Darci Hewett at (479) 575-2279. Send e-mail to arwia@uark.edu.