Women who own or manage farmland in Iowa are invited to participate in free discussions focused on soil health. The programs, sponsored by county conservation offices, Prairie Rivers of Iowa and Women, Food and Agriculture Network is called Women Caring for the LandSM. One past attendee states, “If I’d known it would be this much fun, I’d have asked my friend to come!” If you know a woman friend or family member who might benefit from attending, please share this information.
Maintaining healthy soil is the key to productivity and environmental health for our farmland. We know you are interested in preserving Iowa’s soil and improving water quality. Nearly half the farmland in Iowa is currently owned or co-owned by women; you can make a difference! Women Caring for the LandSM offers a peer-to-peer, informal discussion format to allow women landowners to talk about their farm management goals, facilitated by women conservationists. This response from one attendee is typical of our landowners’ experiences: “I came to learn what I can so I can contribute to conversations about the farm. If you don’t know, you don’t have a voice.”
Registration, coffee and resource sharing start at 8:30, with the meeting beginning promptly at 9 a.m. Free lunch is provided. Interactive activities and discussion will focus on how your local professionals can assist you with soil health and conservation planning for your operation. During an afternoon field tour, participants will travel to a nearby farm to observe simple soil tests you can use to start a conversation with your farmer about profitability and conservation. There will be a short walk into a field, so please wear or bring appropriate clothing and footwear. We will return to the meeting venue for dessert and wrap-up, and end the meeting by 3 p.m.
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