Buchanan County WLL Holds Session on Managing Stress in Agriculture

On November 18, 2021, the Buchanan County WLL Chapter hosted a Learning Session to assist 42 women and men with stress management, especially as it relates to agriculture. Jeff Ditzenberger, Wisconsin farmer and developer of the T.U.G.S. (Talking, Understanding, Growing, Supporting) program for mental health, shared his moving personal story as well as strategies we all can use to make a difference in others’ lives, sometimes at just the right moment.

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Tama County WLL Chapter Holds 40th Learning Session

On November 16, 2021, twenty-eight women and men attended the 40th Learning Session hosted by Tama County WLL since their efforts began in 2007. The event, which included a celebratory cake, provided tremendous information on organic gardening. Dan Fillius with ISU Extension and Outreach provided the garden enthusiasts with tips and strategies, while Roz Lehman, Director of the Iowa Organic Association, shared about the value of her organization.

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SW Iowa WLL Native Wildflower Event a Success

Fremont, Mills, Montgomery, Page and Pottawattamie counties make up the SW Iowa WLL Chapter. On October 27, 2021, they held an event attended by 39 women that learned about “Native Wildflowers – Iowa’s Hidden Treasure” from Shirley Miller with ISU Extension and Outreach.

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Tama County WLL Hosting Event Focused on Organic Farming for Gardeners

The Tama County Women Land and Legacy will hold a Learning Session on November 16 with dessert and registration at 6:30pm and a program beginning at 7pm. The topic will be “Organic Farming for the Home Gardener” and will feature Dan Fillius with ISU Extension as a presenter. The event will be held at the Kupka Cultural Center in the Traer Public Library located at 531 Second St. in Traer, IA. Registration is required by November 15 by calling 641-484-2701 X3 or by emailing melody.bro@ia.nacdnet.net.

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SW Iowa WLL Hosting Event About Native Wildflowers

The counties involved with the SW Iowa Women Land and Legacy efforts (Fremont, Mills, Montgomery, Page and E. Pottawattamie) are hosting a Learning Session entitled “Native Wildflowers – Iowa’s Hidden Treasure” on Oct. 27 from 6-8pm. The event will take place at the Lakin Center at 61321 315th St. in Malvern, IA. Shirley Miller with ISU Extension will talk about native plants and assist in determining which plants will do best in a variety of locations. RSVP is required by Oct. 22 by calling your local ISU Extension office. Fremont County (712-374-2351), Mills County (712-624-8616), Montgomery County (712-623-2592) or Page County (712-542-5171.

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Tama WLL Hosted Successful 39th Learning Session

Tama County WLL hosted its first Learning Session since COVID hit on August 31st and it marked it’s 39th event since its beginning in 2007. The in-person and socially distanced event took place at the Erin and Steve Murty farm east of Gladbrook, IA. The evening event provided wonderful soil health and cover crop information for approximately 20 participants.

Tina Cibula, Resource Conservationist with NRCS, discussed soil health and provided an indepth discussion about cover crops. She then demonstrated several soil health tests to educate the participants about what healthy soil is and how they can improve the health of their soil. Then Erin and Steve Murty led the group to one of their corn fields to demonstrate firsthand what the cover crops look like in late August and discussed which types of cover crops worked best for them. Then, Jack Boyer, a SWCD Commissioner with Tama County Soil and Water Conservation District, showed his custom cover crop planter and discussed how it works.

Lastly, as is part of the WLL process, the participants were broken into groups to answer two questions designed by Tama WLL lead contact, Melody Bro. The questions helped them think about what their next steps will be regarding cover crops and what obstacles they see or perceive. The evening, which was a great success, ended with cookies and ice cream and further discussion.

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Tama County WLL to Host “Discover the Cover”

Tama County WLL will host this in person cover crop Learning Session on August 31 at the Steve and Erin Murty farm at 1435 Hwy. 96, east of Gladbrook, IA. Registration will begin at 6pm and the event at 6:30pm. This will mark the 39th local event for Tama County WLL, which has been active for 14 years!

The Murtys will share about their experience growing cover crops for over 10 years and how they incorporate cover crops into their livestock operation. Tina Cibula, NRCS Resource Conservationist and Tama County livestock producer will also present. Contact Melody Bro at 641-484-2702, Ext. 305 or at melody.bro@ia.nacdnet.net for more information. This event will be held outdoors.

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Worth & Winnebago WLL Host Event in August

The Worth County Extension and Worth & Winnebago County WLL are hosting the Flower Garden, Tree Care & Insect Pest Management Workshop on August 5 at 6pm at the Worth County Fairgrounds. The event will feature Dr. Donald Lewis, Professor and Extension Entomologist at Iowa State University (ISU) and Dr. Grant Thompson, Assistant Professor in the Department of Horticulture at ISU.

Topics will include: Proper Tree Pruning, Perennial Flower Care, Landscape Design, Control of Emerald Ash Borer, Plant Propagation and Insect Control in Lawns and Vegetable/Flower Gardens. The event is free and includes a Maid-Rite meal. No registration required.

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Upcoming Soil Health and Conservation Field Days in July

The Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA), in partnership with USDA-NRCS, is hosting two events July 20 and 22, focusing on soil health and other management practices. The July 20 event focuses on women landowners.

July 20 LICA event: at the Land Improvement Contractors Association Farm near Melbourne, IA in Marshall County from 10-3 with lunch provided by ICGA. Addresses needs and resources for farmers and owners, especially women. Hear from NRCS staff, a Tama County woman landowner and farmer and others.

July 22 Delaware County event: at Grant & Tana Guetzko’s farm near Delhi, IA from 10-3 with lunch provided by ICGA. Hear from local farmers and NRCS staff.

Registration is not required although lunch must be reserved by July 16 by calling Ben Gleason at 515-225-9242 or by email at bgleason@iowa corn.org.

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WLL Held Statewide Virtual Session on The Carbon Market

The WLL State Team sponsored a statewide Learning Session entitled “The Carbon Market: Soil Health, Carbon Sequestration & Economics” on June 15, 2021. The session was attended by 50 participants that gained valuable information and offered thought-provoking questions.

Hillary Olson, NRCS State Soil Health Specialist shared about soil health, carbon sequestration and federal conservation programs. Kate Bussanmas, Assistant Director of IDALS-DSCWQ shared about state conservation programs. And, Ruth McCabe, Conservation Agronomist with Heartland Coop shared lots of information about the carbon market and tied all information shared together. All facts and examples shared in the session were extremely important and valuable to anyone considering getting involved in the carbon market.

The Zoom session was recorded and the link will be provided to all WLL Local Teams soon.

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