Deadline Approaches for Women's Conservation Meeting and Tour May 12
Posted: 05/06/2011

CHEROKEE - The May 10 deadline is fast approaching for women farm owners and managers to register for a free conservation discussion and field tour May 12 starting in Cherokee.

The program begins with registration and coffee at 8:30 a.m. at the Cherokee County Conservation Board Headquarters located on the southwest edge of Cherokee, 629 River Road. Starting at 9 a.m., the morning is devoted to a peer-to-peer discussion of conservation goals and concerns, with professional conservation women sharing resources that can help achieve those goals.

Following a free lunch, a tour led by women landowners will take participants to an organic grass-fed beef operation, several pasture management sites, cropland fields and oak savannahs. Attendees will have the chance to explore conservation practices from buffer strips to native prairies to cropping to bottomlands, along with the expertise of the landowners. The meeting will end with a wrap-up and dessert around 3:30 p.m.

All interested women are welcome, including owners, operators and inheritors of farmland, regardless of their degree of knowledge about conservation. But sponsors need an accurate meal count. Please RSVP for "Women Caring for the Land" by May 10 by calling Tracy Rasmussen at 712-225-4151 or email her at Tracy.Rasmussen@ia.nacdnet.net.

Women own or co-own 47% of Iowa's farmland, and often express strong conservation values in meetings and surveys. However, many are unsure of exactly how to reach their conservation goals and what resources are available to help them. "Women Caring for the Land" offers an informal discussion format to allow women landowners to talk about their individual land stewardship goals, facilitated by women conservation experts who can share available resources.

This session of "Women Caring for the Land" is sponsored by Women, Food and Agriculture Network in partnership with the Cherokee Soil and Water Conservation District, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship - Division of Soil Conservation, and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The series is funded by a grant from the USDA's North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program.

Learn more about WFAN on the web: www.wfan.org.