Here I am in Baltimore!  Haven’t had a crab cake yet but its on the list!  We are part of Farm Bureau because they are the largest farm interest group in the country as well as truly grassroots – county to nation, not nation to county policies.  There’s about 500+ women, thought there’d be more but the economy and the weather aren’t cooperating.  Workshops on media and public relations, answering hot issue questions, and telling our story.  6 of us from AZ.  Water hydrants on this morning – just left running awhile. Boy is that different than home!  There was a reenactment of a civil war skirmish, the Pratt St. riot, that was between the Massachusetts troops and southern sympathizers. First casaulties of the war right on the street in front of our hotel.  Tours on Monday of local business.  Hope I learn lots to take home for our county and our ranch.

4/17  Nice break this morning at the national aquarium across the street.  Learning some good info on relating to media. It is a blessing to be part of an organization that has invocations and a Sunday morning chapel.

4/18 Tours today as we wrap up the convention. Went to carroll county farm museum and a couple of revolutionary and civil war era towns and homes.  Pretty cool but not enough time.  The docents at the farm museum told us they enjoyed having a group of women who understood so much of the museum.  Barn that was donated there was built in 1794.