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Iowa women landowners in Boone and surorunding counties invited to free soil health conservation meeting

Women who own or manage farmland in and around Boone County in central Iowa are invited to participate in a free conservation discussion focused on soil health, including a field tour. The meeting will be held on Monday, March 31, at the Iowa Arboretum, 1875 Peach Ave., Madrid.

The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided, and during an afternoon field tour, participants will travel to a nearby farm to watch a demonstration of soil testing. The tests will measure for soil structure and stability and infiltration. We will walk a short distance into a field, so wear or bring appropriate clothing and footwear. We will return to the Arboretum for dessert and wrap-up, and end the meeting by 3 p.m.

Maintaining healthy soil is the key to productivity and environmental health for our farmland. Women landowners will learn at this meeting how to assess and improve the health of their soils through practices such as cover crops, no-till and strip-till, among other conservation practices. Over half the farmland in Iowa is currently owned or co-owned by women. WFAN’s program Women Caring for the LandSM offers a peer-to-peer, informal discussion format to allow women landowners to talk about your individual farm management goals, facilitated by women conservationists.

In order for us to have the right amount of food available, please RSVP by 4 p.m. Thursday, March 27, to Pamela Schwartz at the NRCS office, 515-964-1883, ext. 3 or email her at pamela.schwartz@ia.nacdnet.net. For more information about this program, visitwww.womencaringfortheland.org or call Carol Schutte, WFAN program assistant, at 641-430-2540.

This meeting is sponsored by WFAN and the Big Creek Watershed Project, with funding from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s Division of Soil Conservation.

Women, Food and Agriculture Network is a nonprofit, educational organization formed in 1997 to provide networking, information and leadership development opportunities to women involved in all aspects of sustainable agriculture. Learn more at www.wfan.org, or by calling515-460-2477.

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