Tama Women, Land & Legacy Educates on Conservation

Tama County Women, Land & Legacy recently held an event on conservation options for land owners. Below is a re-cap of their event from Tama WLL team member Melody Bro.

For farm operators, it can sometimes be frustrating when they want to add conservation practices to the ground they rent and the landowner doesn’t understand the practices’ long-term benefits. On the flip side, how can a landowner effectively approach his or her renter about adding practices to the renter’s “Conservation Toolbox” in order to improve or sustain the farm’s productivity?

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Women, Land & Legacy News

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Enjoy the latest news from Women, Land & Legacy

In this edition:

  • Meet Mollie Aronowitz, Land Manager and WLL State Team Member
  • Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) open for Enrollment
  • Winter Agriculture Conferences
  • WLL Coordinator Interview on Ag News Daily
  • Women, Land & Legacy Upcoming Events

Archived newsletters can be found here.

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Meet Mollie Aronowitz, Women, Land & Legacy’s Newest State Team Member

The Women, Land & Legacy State Team has been the backbone of the program since it kicked-off in 2004. Team members represent a range of USDA and state agencies as well as non-agency groups and support our local teams with guidance for outreach to women 2018.9 Mollie Aronowitz Headshotin their counties. We recently asked our newest ST member, Mollie Aronowitz, to tell us a bit about herself and her interest in serving on the team.

Mollie is the Sustainability Director and a farm manager for Peoples Company. She is currently the only woman accredited farm manager with the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers in Iowa, with less than ten accredited women across the country. Mollie will be a key-note speaker at the upcoming Connecting Women in Ag Conference, sponsored by the Buchanan Women, Land & Legacy team. Continue reading

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Upcoming Women, Land & Legacy Events

We have great events coming up this winter with more events being planned, so stay tuned to our calendar to find an event near you. Don’t see your county listed? Check out our map and list of participating counties here. Want to see Women, Land & Legacy in your county? Contact us to learn more! 

Cedar/Muscatine/Scott WLL – Women of USDAmuscatine county
January 3rd, Walcott

Cedar/Muscatine/Scott will hold their next Grow and Share with local women who work for the USDA. Hear their journeys to their position and insight into the work they do. Departments will include Rural Development, Farm Service Agency (FSA), and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Come early for lunch, presentation begins at 1 p.m. Gramma’s Kitchen in Walcott. For more info. contact Lydia, 563-886-6214, ext. 3.

Buchanan WLL – Connecting Women in Ag Conferencebuchanan county
January 4th, Independence
Buchanan WLL will hold their first Connecting Women in Ag. Conference in Independence. Speakers include Julie Kenney, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture and Mollie Aronowitz, Director of Sustainability and Land Manager for Peoples Company. Breakout sessions will cover social media, selling food products, and landscaping. More details here or on the team’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/buchananwomenlandandlegacy/

Buena Vista/Pocahontas WLL – Benchmarkingpocahontas county
January 9th, Pocahontas
BV/Pocahontas WLL will partner with ISU Extension & Outreach for a one hour Annie’s Project session on how to compare farm family expenses with data, establish a reality check on how much living expenses a family can expect the farm to pay and explore how benchmarking helps make better farm and family decisions. 1:30 p.m., Pocahontas ISU Extension & Outreach Conference Room, 305 North Main Street. Please RSVP to Lexie Seuntjens at 712-335-3103 or seuntjen@iastate.edu.

Kossuth WLL – Stress Managementkossuth county
January 16th, Algona
Kossuth WLL will host a stress management session. Join the team for yoga from 5:30 – 6:00 p.m. at Firefly Yoga, 120 N. Moore St. in Algona and a stress management discussion from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Rize Nutrition, 18 E. State St., Algona. RSVP by January 10th, 515-295-5156 EXT. 3 or
kelsi.sieren@usda.gov.

Cedar/Muscatine/Scott WLL – FarmHer Documentary Movie Nightscott county
January 23rd, Donahue
Join the team and other local women for a movie night viewing of the FarmHer Documentary. 10600 275th St., Donahue. 6 – 9 p.m. (snow date will be Feb. 13th). Contact Lydia for more details, 563-886-6214, ext. 3.

Madison WLL – Book Club
January 23rd, Winterset
Madison County WLL is madison countyhosting its first of three book club meetings this winter.  The first book is Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression by Mildred Armstrong Kalish.  There will be two separate times: 1:30pm at the Senior Dining & Activity Center and 6:30pm at the Madison Co. Extension office, both in Winterset. For more information, email madisoncountywll@gmail.com, call 515-462-2961 x3, or visit the Facebook page.

Cedar/Muscatine/Scott WLL – Grow & Sharemuscatine county
February 7th, Walcott
The next Grow & Share from Cedar/Muscatine/Scott WLL will be held, topic to be determined. Gramma’s kitchen, come early for lunch, program will begin at 1 p.m. Stay tuned to the team’s Facebook group page for more details and other news or contact Lydia, 563-886-6214, ext. 3.

Madison WLL – Book Clubmadison county
February 27th, Winterset
Madison County WLL is hosting its second of three book club meetings this winter.  The second book is Growing Up Country: Memories of an Iowa Farm Girl by Carol Bodensteiner.  There will be two separate times: 1:30pm at the Senior Dining & Activity Center and 6:30pm at the Madison Co. Extension office, both in Winterset.  For more information, email madisoncountywll@gmail.com, call 515-462-2961 x3, or visit the Facebook page.

SW WLL – Women Gaining Ground Conferencemills county
March 7th, Glenwood
The SW WLL team made up of Fremont, Mills, Montgomery, Page and Pottawatamie counties will put on their annual Women, Gaining Ground conference at the Glenwood High School in Glenwood. More details to come to their Facebook page.

Madison WLL – Book Clubmadison county
March 26th, Winterset
Madison County WLL is hosting its third of three book club meetings this winter.  The third book is Women and the Land written by Barbara Hall with photography by Kathryn Gamble.  There will be two separate times: 1:30pm at the Senior Dining & Activity Center and 6:30pm at the Madison Co. Extension office, both in Winterset. For more information, email madisoncountywll@gmail.com, call 515-462-2961 x3, or visit the Facebook page.

Cedar/Muscatine/Scott WLL – Conservation Grazingmuscatine county
April 3rd, Walcott
The next Grow & Share from Cedar/Muscatine/Scott WLL will be held on conservation grazing. The speaker will be Hannah Howard with The Nature Conservancy. Gramma’s kitchen, come early for lunch, program will begin at 1 p.m. Stay tuned to the team’s Facebook group page for more details and other news or contact Lydia, 563-886-6214, ext. 3.

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Upcoming Winter Conferences

It’s that time of the year! Winter is full of conferences for farmers and landowners, check out some of these great ones coming right up.

Connecting Women in Ag. Conference
January 4th, Independence, IAteam logo

All women involved in agriculture, connected to the land and our rural communities are encouraged to attend the Connecting Women in Ag Conference. The one day seminar will feature keynote speakers Julie Kenney, Iowa Deputy Secretary of Agriculture and Mollie Aronowitz, Peoples Company Sustainability Director and Farm Manager. More details and registration information here.

National Farmers Union Women’s ConferenceNFU_logo_700by400-700x400
January 19th – 21st, San Diego, CA

Farming is never a one-woman job – it takes a village to run a successful operation. This conference will not only prepare attendees for success in agriculture, but it will also provide them with their own network of women farmers and ranchers they can reach out to throughout the year. Farmers, policy makers, educators, and specialists will present on a number of subjects, including financial management, farm labor, leadership, and more. Learn more and register at the following link! https://nfu.org/education/womensconference/

Practical Farmers of Iowa Annual ConferencePFI_logo.png
January 16th – 18th, Ames, IA

As we embark on 2020, Reclaiming Resilience will examine the current state of our farms and our food systems. This endeavor is not about going backwards in time or unraveling progress. It’s about reclaiming resilience to help family farms survive into the future. Practical Farmers of Iowa’s 2020 conference will explore what’s working well and why, as well as what needs to change. We’ll ask if we’re doing certain things because that’s how we’ve always done them – and if there are better ways to create resiliency into the future. More at: https://practicalfarmers.org/events/annual-conference/

Women in Denimwomen in denim logo
February 24th – 25th, Storm Lake, IA

The goal of Women in Denim is to support women in agriculture and those who enjoy the rural way of life. Women involved in agriculture will find workshops to sharpen their skills in decision making, leadership, finances, and knowledge of agriculture. There are workshops that also support and acknowledge the importance of family, community, leisure time, quality of life and overall wellness. More at www.womenindenim.com.

MOSES Organic Farming ConferenceMOSES-logo-transparent-back-3-300x94
February 27th – 29th, La Crosse, WI

MOSES is the largest event in the U.S. about organic and sustainable farming, offering 60 workshops over 6 sessions, inspiring keynotes, engaging roundtables, and a resource-packed exhibit hall with over 170 vendors. Organic University, day 1 of the conference, provides full-day classes that dig deeper into specific farming topics. https://mosesorganic.org/conference/

Women Gaining Groundlogo
March 8th, Glenwood, IA

Women, Land & Legacy of Southwest Iowa will host a one-day conference for women to converse, learn and become empowered. https://www.facebook.com/womenlandlegacywgg/

Women in Agriculture Conferencewomen in ag ill conference
March 27th, Rock Island, IL

Farm women and all those involved in the agriculture industry should plan to attend the Women in Agriculture Conference. This conference is a one day seminar to help women become empowered in agriculture. More at http://www.womeninagricultureconference.com/

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Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Open for Enrollment

From USDA.gov

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture is opening signup for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) on December 9, 2019. The deadline for agricultural producers to sign up for general CRP is February 28, 2020, while signup for continuous CRP is ongoing.

Farmers and ranchers who enroll in CRP receive a yearly rental payment for voluntarily

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Tama Women, Land & Legacy team member and former commissioner Jan Wobeter’s CRP land. Credit: USDA

establishing long-term, resource-conserving plant species, such as approved grasses or trees (known as “covers”) to control soil erosion, improve water quality and develop wildlife habitat on marginally productive agricultural lands.

“The Conservation Reserve Program is one of our nation’s largest conservation endeavors and a critical tool to help producers better manage their operations while conserving natural resources,” Secretary Perdue said. “The program marks its 35-year anniversary in 2020, and we’re hoping to see one of our largest signups in many years.”

To enroll in CRP, contact your local FSA county office or visit fsa.usda.gov/crp. You can find your local office information here. Continue reading

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WLL Coordinator Interviewed on Ag. News Daily

2017 women in ag conference       This summer Women, Land & Legacy Coordinator Wren Almitra was interviewed on Ag News Daily, discussing the importance of programming for women in agriculture. You can listen to the interview here, scroll to minute 23:47 to get started.

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Enjoy the latest news from Women, Land & Legacy

In this edition:

  • Women, Land & Legacy Teams Meet for Networking, Sharing
  • Learning Sessions Bring Diverse Topics
  • Upcoming Women in Sustainable Ag. Conference
  • Women, Land & Legacy Upcoming Events

Archived newsletters can be found here.

Thanks for reading!

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Women in Sustainable Ag. Conference Coming to Twin Cities in October

The Women in Sustainable Agriculture Conference, hosted by the Midwest Organic & WISA-ad-in-OBSustainable Education Service (MOSES), features workshops, demonstrations, and meetings on leadership, food justice, and farm business success. The full agenda and ticket information can be found here.

“This conference offers a diverse agenda focused on powerful peer-to-peer learning to build on the work women are doing to encourage sustainability within the food system,” said Lauren Langworthy, Interim Executive Director at MOSES. Presenters come from the rich network of women working locally as well as nationally to support sustainable agriculture. Continue reading

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Upcoming Events

We have great events coming up this fall and winter with more events being planned, so stay tuned to our calendar to find an event near you. Don’t see your county listed? Check out our map and list of participating counties here. Want to see Women, Land & Legacy in your county? Contact us to learn more! 

Cedar/Muscatine/Scott WLL – Farm Insurancemuscatine county
October 4th, Walcott
The next Grow & Share from Cedar/Musc./Scott will be held on farm insurance, Gramma’s Kitchen in Walcott, 1-3 p.m. More details and RSVP to Holly Howard, 563-263-7944 x3, holly.howard@ia.nacdnet.net. Stay tuned to the team’s Facebook group page for more details and other news.

Cedar/Muscatine/Scott WLL – Cedar Co. Heritage Eventcedar county
October 17th, Tipton
Cemeteries, history, food and community. The event will start with a stroll through Red Oak Cemetery followed by a tour of the Cedar Co. Historical Museum and Village. The final destination will be the Cedar Co. Historical Museum for a potluck soup supper. Bring friends and a side or dessert to share, soup and drinks provided. RSVP by calling Lydia, 563-886-6214 x3 or lydia.whitman@usda.gov.

Cedar/Muscatine/Scott WLL – Mental Healthmuscatine county
November 1st, Walcott
The next Grow & Share from Cedar/Musc./Scott will be held on mental health, Gramma’s Kitchen in Walcott, 1-3 p.m. More details and RSVP to Holly Howard, 563-263-7944 x3, holly.howard@ia.nacdnet.net. Stay tuned to the team’s Facebook group page for more details and other news.

Cedar/Muscatine/Scott WLL – Farm Safetymuscatine county
December 6th, Walcott
The next Grow & Share from Cedar/Musc./Scott will be held on farm safety, Gramma’s Kitchen in Walcott, 1-3 p.m. More details and RSVP to Holly Howard, 563-263-7944 x3, holly.howard@ia.nacdnet.net. Stay tuned to the team’s Facebook group page for more details and other news.

Buchanan WLL – Connecting Women in Ag. Conferencebuchanan county
January 4th, Independence
Buchanan WLL will hold their first Connecting Women in Ag. Conference in Independence. Speakers include Julie Kenney, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture and Mollie Aronowitz, Director of Sustainability and Land Manager for Peoples Company. Breakout sessions will cover social media, selling food products, and landscaping. More details to come to the team’s Facebook page.

SW WLL – Women Gaining Ground Conferencemills county
March 7th, Glenwood
The SW WLL team made up of Fremont, Mills, Montgomery, Page and Pottawatamie counties will put on their annual Women, Gaining Ground conference at the Glenwood High School in Glenwood. More details to come to their Facebook page.

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