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


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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WLL Teams Network, Share Tips and Tools for Women in Ag. Outreach

Recently nine of our Women, Land & Legacy (WLL) teams met to discuss their outreach


Team members from Madison, Mahaska, Marion and Warren counties met at Annelise Winery in Indianola.

efforts to women on the land in their counties. Though some of these groups have been active for over 10 years while others are celebrating one year of Women, Land & Legacy programming in their counties, all teams had valuable information to share. As we know from the feedback we receive from women throughout Iowa who attend our programs, women learn best from other women in their communities. We’ve seen this to be true with our local teams as well, where sharing information on best outreach practices has benefited groups throughout the state, resulting in improved programming for the women they are serving. Continue reading

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Winnebego/Worth WLL Holds Biorefinery Tour

POET Tour 2019.jpgThe Worth and Winnebago Women Land and Legacy group conducted a tour of the POET Biorefinery at Hanlontown. Participants had an opportunity to observe the day to day operation of the facility and learn about the process of converting corn into biofuel. POET manager, Kelly Hansen, also made a presentation about the history of ethanol production. The women closed out the evening with a talk by Joni Erwin, field representative of the Iowa Corn Growers Association, who spoke about what role the ethanol industry has played in maintaining the consumption of corn.


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SW WLL Hosts Cover Crop Meeting

On August 29th at the Waubonsie State Park’s Washawtee Lodge participants at the most recent program organized by Women, Land & Legacy of Southwest Iowa learned all about cover crops from local experts while enjoying good food and fellowship. Kelsey Blodgett, Soil Conservationist with Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Malvern and Chris Teachout, local ag. produc2er, gave presentations about soil health, cover crops and considerations to make when implementing cover crops into a farming operation. The evening ended with a slake soil test and rainfall simulator used to demonstrate the positive effects that cover crops and no-till practices have on the land.

Women, Land & Legacy of southwest Iowa serves the counties of East and West Pottawattamie, Fremond, Mills, Montgomery and Page. A minimum of three events are held each year in addition to the annual Women Gaining Ground (WGG) conference. The dates for the next WGG is set for Saturday, March 7th 2020 at the Glenwood High School in Glenwood. For more information contact Fremond Co. Extension, 712-374-2351 or Mills Co. Soil and Water Conservation District, 712-624-8606 ext. 3. Or visit the team’s Facebook page.

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Tama Co. WLL Hosts Composting Event at Meskwaki Nation’s Red Earth Gardens

Tama County Women, Land & Legacy hosted 33 attendees at its August 27th composting Learning Session at DSCN0040.JPGMeskwaki Nation’s Red Earth Gardens.  Farm Production Manager Grant Shadden led the group on a tour of the farm including its newest component, laying hens, and their role in the farm’s organic production.  Expansion plans include worm production, additional high tunnel structures and increased composting of kitchen waste from Meskwaki Nation’s casino.  Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Horticulture Specialist Ajay Nair followed the tour with a presentation explaining the process and science of compost and its uses. To stay up to date with Tama WLL’s events and news, get connected with their Facebook page.

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