Meetings are being held this spring for women landowners to learn about resources available for dealing with soil and water conservation practices, leasing land to tenants and also issues involved for women landowners and beginning farmers to discuss farmstead transition options.
The following information comes from Lynn Heuss, membership and outreach coordinator for Iowa Farmers Union. For more information, or if you have questions, contact Heuss at 515-201-9405. Or email her at [email protected]. The Women, Food and Agriculture Network is sponsoring these meetings. Heuss is coordinator of the Women Caring for the Land program.
Women currently own or co-own 47% of Iowa's farmland
Women own or co-own 47% of Iowa's farmland, and often express strong conservation values in meetings and surveys. But 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 a peer-to-peer, informal discussion format to allow women landowners to talk about their individual land stewardship goals, facilitated by women conservation experts who can share resources available such as USDA cost-share programs, state loans and other tools.
All interested women are welcome, including owners, operators and inheritors of farmland, regardless of their degree of knowledge about conservation, to attend these sessions. A free lunch is provided. To get an accurate meal count, please RSVP by calling or emailing Lynn Heuss 515-201-9405 or [email protected].
Meeting for Van Buren, Davis, Jefferson & neighboring counties
Women who own or manage farmland in Van Buren, Davis, Jefferson and neighboring counties in southeast Iowa can participate in a free conservation discussion and field tour Friday, April 29, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Livery Barn, Davis County Historical Complex, 201 S. Dodge St. in Bloomfield (morning) and at Township Hall, 601 W. North St. in Cantril (afternoon).
If you wish to attend this meeting, please RSVP by April 25, 2011 to help get an accurate meal count. Contact Lynn Heuss either by phone or by email.
Meeting for Cherokee and surrounding counties in northwest Iowa
Women who own or manage farmland in Cherokee and neighboring counties are invited to participate in a free conservation discussion and field tour on Thursday, May 12 from 8:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Cherokee County Conservation Board Headquarters located on the southwest edge of Cherokee on the River Road.
If you wish to attend this meeting, please RSVP by Friday, May 6 to help get an accurate meal count. Contact Lynn Heuss by phone or email.
Meeting for Greene County & surrounding central Iowa counties
Women who own or manage farmland in Greene County and neighboring counties are invited to participate in a free conservation discussion and field tour on Wednesday, May 18, from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the old Milwaukee Depot, located in Jefferson. The program is called Women Caring for the Land.
If you plan to attend this meeting, to help get an accurate meal count, please RSVP by Monday, May 16, by calling or sending an email to Lynn Heuss.
Meeting for Carroll County & surrounding counties in western Iowa
Women who own or manage farmland in Carroll and neighboring counties in western Iowa, and new or beginning farmers interested in finding land to farm, are invited to participate in a free information discussion on Wednesday, April 27, at St. John Lutheran Church in Carroll, Iowa.
This gathering will be an informal discussion designed to allow women landowners the opportunity to talk about what they are looking for in a tenant. It will also be a chance for new and beginning farmers to share their goals and plans with the people who could be their future landlady, or who will have the same values and ideas that their future landlady will hold. This talk will be facilitated by female experts who can share resources available such as creative conservation-oriented farm leases and other tools.
All interested women are welcome, including owners, operators and inheritors of farmland, and new and beginning farmers, regardless of degree of knowledge. A free lunch will be provided. To get an accurate meal count, RSVP by Friday, April 22, by calling or emailing Lynn Heuss.