Summer WLL Events Bring Many Opportunities to Learn and Network

Check out highlights of some of the recent events our teams have put on for women in their counties this summer.

Mahaska/Marion WLL hosted a “Why I Farm” event in June with guest speaker Natalina Sents IMG_4387who traveled over 100,00 miles over a year to speak with farmers around the country about why they farm. In addition to Natalina, two Iowa Co. WLL team members spoke to the audience about why they love WLL and how their chapter is so successful. Other highlights included women from the audience sharing their farm stories, beautiful bouquets made by WLL team members, great food, and door prizes of wine and a farmer Barbie!

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Iowa WLL held their annual Iowa Women in Agriculture conference in June. Topics included tax law changes, estate planning, planning for the “what if” scenarios. The keynote was ISU president Wendy Wintersteen, and Market to Market co-host Mike Pearson emceed for the day.

 

In early A3ugust Winnebego/Worth WLL put on a multi-topic event at the Winnebego fairgrounds and had nearly 130 people in attendance! Topics covered included soil health and water quality, pollinator habitat, gardening 101 and more.

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Last in our summer events re-cap, the Clayton County Women, Land and Legacy team hosted women in their county at the Promiseland Winery in Guttenberg in late August. It was a fun and relaxing evening that included a tour of the production room, wine tasting and a short presentation from WLL State Coordinator Wren Almitra.

 

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Soil Health Tips from the USDA, Talking to Your Tenant and Cover Crops

soil in handsTalking with your tenant about soil health can be an intimidating or complicated thing, but starting with some basic questions can easily help get the conversation going. This article highlights 5 talking points you as a landowner should ask your tenant about how they are managing soil health on your farm. Read more here.

One of the most beneficial soil health practices you can do is cover cropping your ground when crops aren’t growing to keep the soil covered and living roots around most of the year. Here are some tips for managing cover crops, which you can share with your tenant.

If you have more questions about soil health practices, including cover crops, your local USDA office can offer free assistance and can also provide cost share.

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Article Highlights Importance of Women Landowners and Supporting Programs

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Women landowners are more often than not an under-acknowledged and undervalued part of our agriculture system. A recent article by Civil Eats entitled “Once on the Sidelines of Farming, Women Landowners Find Their Voice”, highlights the need for continued outreach and support for this demographic. This is especially needed as women tend to want to preserve their farms and leave them with healthy soil and clean water for future generations but don’t always know where to go to ask for help or face a myriad of barriers when they do. The Women, Food & Agriculture Network’s Women Caring for the Land program, as sister program of Women, Land & Legacy, is highlighted as one of the programs successfully reaching women landowners. Read the article here.

 

 

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USDA Highlights Soil Health Principals

Soil health is an ongoing process and there is almost always more that can be done to improve it sosoil in hands your crops grow healthy, your water stays clean and clear, and your soil stays put. It can be daunting to think about how to know what positive steps you are doing already and what improvements can be made. Luckily there are numerous resources on the best ways to improve your soil’s health.

The USDA recently shared their recommendations for best soil health practices, including minimizing disturbance, keeping soil covered as much as possible, and increasing biodiversity (living things in the soil) and plant roots. They also have an easy to use tool to help you locate your NRCS office for free local assistance on your farm. Learn more here.

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Women, Land & Legacy News

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Enjoy the latest news from Women, Land & Legacy.

In this edition:

  • NRCS Diversity Day
  • Upcoming Women, Land & Legacy events across Iowa
  • Re-cap of two exciting spring WLL events
  • Conservation funds available for nutrient reduction practices
  • Building community through storytelling, farming

Archived newsletters can be found here.

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Funds Available for Cover Crops, Other Nutrient Reduction Practices

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig recently announced the 2018 sign-up period is nrcs142p2_004206.gifopen for statewide cost share funds to help farmers install nutrient reduction practices. Practices eligible for this funding are cover crops, no-till or strip till, or using a nitrification inhibitor when applying fertilizer. “This program has been very popular with farmers interested in adding water quality focused practices on their farm.” Naig said.

Visit your local Soil and Water Conservation District office for more details and to apply. Not sure where your SWCD office is? In almost all counties it will be in the same building as your NRCS and FSA offices. You can also find your office through this online service center locator.

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A Highlight of Two Spring WLL Events

By Women, Land & Legacy Coordinator Wren Almitra

Women, Land & Legacy (WLL) is providing opportunities all throughout Iowa for agricultural women. Since 2016 our teams have provided over 60 events just for women on relevant topics to their day-to-day lives. As more counties join Women, Land & Legacy, more and more of these opportunities will be available. In addition to sharing what events are coming up when, we also like let you know some of the highlights of events past. Below are two re-caps of some exciting ones that happened this spring. Continue reading

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USDA Diversity Day Highlights Women Ag. Outreach Groups, Recognizes Emmet/Palo Alto Women, Land & Legacy

By Women, Land & Legacy Coordinator Wren Almitra

In March I presented at the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) annual Diversity Day meeting, which this year highlighted women’s agricultural outreach groups (March was also Women’s History Month). Speaking to nearly 800 NRCS employees, my goal was to emphasize the immense positive impact Women, Land & Legacy and WFAN programs are having on Iowa’s women and, in effect, Iowa farmland. I also helped celebrate one of our Women, Land & Legacy teams receiving an award for their excellence in outreach to women in their area. Continue reading

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Upcoming Women, Land & Legacy Events

Looking for some great events to attend this summer? Women, Land & Legacy has many awesome opportunities for women in agriculture all across the state! 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! 

Des Moines/Louisa WLL – High Tunnel Field Tourdes moines county
June 4th, West Burlington
Des Moines/Louisa Women, Land & Legacy will partner with NRCS and ISU Extension for a high tunnel field tour from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at The Homestead 1839, 703 W. Agency in West Burlington. For more details contact Drew, 319-753-6221 or Morgan, 319-671-7165.

SW WLL  – Food, Fun & Fruit Treesfremont county
June 7th, Shenandoah
The SW Women, Land & Legacy team (Fremont, Mills, Montgomery, Page counties) will host a dinner at The Sanctuary and a tour of Earl May nursery. RSVP by June 1st: 712-374-2351 or 712-542-5171. More at www.facebook.com/womenlandandlegacywgg/.

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June 18th, Pella
Mahaska/Marion Women, Land & Legacy will hold an event, “Why I Farm,” at Central College in Pella. 6:30-8:00, doors open at 6:00 p.m. Listen to Natalina Sents talk about her road trip across the U.S. documenting farm stories and traditions. RSVP by calling Wendi, 641-673-3476, x2 or e-mail wendi.denham@ia.usda.gov. Free with refreshments provided.

Tama WLL – Adolphs Produce Tourtama county
June 19th, Traer
Join Tama WLL for a summer garden tour at Adolphs Produce, 2919 140th St. in Traer. Dessert and registration will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the event starting at 7:00 p.m. Ken and Carolyn Adolph have a diversified farming operation of fruit, vegetables, flowers and more and have been farming for 38 years. RSVP by June 18th by calling/e-mailing Mel Bro, 641-484-2702 x305 or melody.bro@ia.nacdnet.net.

Iowa WLL – Iowa Women Landowner’s Conferenceiowa county
June 21st, Brooklyn
Join Iowa County Women, Land & Legacy for their 6th annual IA Women’s Landowners Conference. ISU president Wendy Wintersteen will be the keynote speaker. Topics covered will include the 2018 tax law changes, estate planning, and more. 7:30 – 3:30 at Michael J. Manatt Community Center in Brookly. RSVP by June 15th at www.iowalandsales.com or lgahring@iastate.edu. $30 fee includes all meals and materials.

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June 22nd, Pocahontas
Buena Vista/Pocahontas Women, Land & Legacy will host ISU beef specialist Beth Doran at Pocahontas ISU Extension & Outreach, 305 N. Main St., Pocahontas. RSVP 712-335-3103 or hfrerk@iastate.edu.

Dubuque WLL – Perfect Storm Brewing in Farm Transitioningdubuque county
June 26th, Farley
Dubuque Women, Land & Legacy will feature Steven Bohr presenting “Perfect Storm Brewing in Farm Transitioning” from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the Farley Memorial Hall in Farley. Steve has 25 years in the financial services field and founded Farm Financial Strategies, a program to offer strategies to preserve the family farm. RSVP at 563-876-3418 x3 and ask for Colleen or Stacy or e-mail colleen.siefken@ia.nacdnet.net.

Calhoun WLL – Operating After Loss and Cash Rent calhoun county
July 19th, Lake City
Calhoun Women Land and Legacy will hold an event on July 19th at 5:45 pm in Lake City, at the Lake City Library. Michele Maguire Beck will be speaking about how her life has changed after losing her husband at a young age. She has continued to manage their large cattle herd in southern Iowa even though she was born and raised a town girl. United Bank of Iowa will also be presenting on “Cash Rent: What Side of the Fence are You on?” They will speak on how different perspectives of cash rent can effect what the actual price is that works for you. RSVP to Mary Roberts at 712-297-7528 by July 13th.

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August 27th, Guttenberg
Clayton Women, Land & Legacy will have a tour, tasting and gathering at Promiseland Winery near Guttenberg. Two tours: 5:30 and 6:00 p.m., doors open at 5:00 p.m. More details to come!

Buchanan WLL – Listening Sessionsbuchanan county
August 28th, Independence
Join the Buchanan Women, Land & Legacy team as they kick-off with their first event, two Listening Sessions. These sessions are an opportunity for women landowners, producers and others who care about the land to share their connections, interests and needs. Educational events will follow in the coming years based on the information shared by the participants at the Listening Sessions. This is a unique opportunity for you to connect and engage with other women in agriculture in Buchanan County and have a say in what programs are provided in the future.

 
 
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Women, Land & Legacy News

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Enjoy the latest news from Women, Land & Legacy.

In this edition:

  • March 10th Women Gaining Ground Conference 
  • Landowner Navigates Land Transition, Financial and Familial Relationships
  • Upcoming Women, Land & Legacy events across Iowa 
  • Upcoming events from partner programs Women Caring for the Land and Plate to Politics

Archived newsletters can be found here.

Thanks for reading!

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