An upcoming four-part extension workshop hosted by Women in Agriculture will focus on emergency preparedness for rural families. The program is open to anyone interested in learning more on preparing for emergencies.

The program will be a 4-part series, held at the Marshall County Purdue Extension Office, 112 W Jefferson St. Room 304, Plymouth, IN 46563. Marshall County Purdue Extension, with partnership with St. Joseph County Purdue Extension will host this location. The series will focus on farm and ranch emergency management, first aid, fire protection, and hazardous materials. Workshops will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Eastern time on March 5, 7, 12 and 14.

The program is a collaboration between extension Women in Agriculture programs at Purdue University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, agricultural occupations have high rates of work-related injuries and deaths. While not all emergencies result in bodily injury or death, they also may cost rural families in other ways.

Each state will host a number of workshop sites with local extension personnel. Keynote speakers will be simulcast to each location, and each site will provide additional speakers and hands-on activities. Dinner will be included.

The workshops are open to everyone and seek to help participants initiate preventative practices, set up a plan to deal with emergencies before they occur and be more comfortable reacting to emergency situations.

There is a registration fee of $50 per person before Feb. 20. This location will have the first 15 participants’ fees sponsored for the in-person registration. The Marshall County Farm Bureau has graciously sponsored those fees.

The fee increases to $60 per person after Feb. 20. Participants should plan to attend each session. A virtual option is available for those unable to attend a workshop site, although in-person attendance is highly encouraged to better network with other attendees and interact with speakers. The virtual registration fee is $75 before Feb. 20 and $80 after Feb. 20. Registration may be completed on the Nebraska Women in Agriculture website,

For more information contact Brieanna Slonaker, Ag and Natural Resource Educator, at 574-935-8545 or or Emily Evers, Ag and Natural Resource Educator, at 269 467-5511 or

This project was supported by a grant from NCRCRD through funding from USDA NIFA Award #2022-51150-38141.  ​