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Women in Agriculture Celebrated in Buckhannon

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BUCKHANNON -

West Virginia women are hoping to turn a passion for agriculture into profit. 

Women have always played a major role in Agriculture regardless of the time and place, and in West Virginia its no exception. A celebration of women working in Agriculture was held Thursday in Buckhannon.

"Farm Credit and two of the local conservation districts decided to team together to celebrate women in Agriculture, and all the hard work that they put in during the year," said Keri Phillips of Farm Credit Country Mortgages.

The event featured vendors with interests for women, and a chance to spend an afternoon learning demonstrations from bee keeping to canning, and other related business ventures in Agriculture. Organizers said farming is very much alive.

"With the booming population, it's going to be even more necessary for lots of more farmers there to produce food for our growing population," Phillips said.

Joyce Frye of Frye's Honey Garden has been in business for seven years in Barbour County. Frye said most hobbies that turn into business is hard to get going, but with the local agency's help they start thriving.

"Anything they can do as business people, as farmers. I may keep bees, but I'm also a bee farmer. It's a great thing for them to put this on for us, so we can bring women in to share our ideas. Ideas is what the whole goal is. Everything is sharing ideas," said Frye.

"If the husband goes and works, and the wife is left to do a lot of work on the farm or the book keeping a lot of times, and now we're seeing a lot of women start Agriculture enterprises on their own," Phillips said.