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Women Caring for the Land: Free Conservation Discussion and Field Tour


Event Details

June 12, 2013

8:30 am to 3:00 pm
Shoemake Hall
Bureau County Metro Center
837 Park Avenue West
Princeton, Illinois

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Women who own or manage farmland in Bureau, Lee, and LaSalle counties are invited to participate in a free conservation discussion and field tour on June 12, 2013 in Princeton. The program is called Women Caring for the Land.

The meeting will be held Wednesday, June 12 and starts at 8:30 a.m. in Shoemake Hall at the Bureau County Metro Center, 837 Park Avenue West, Princeton, Illinois. Check-in begins at 8:00 a.m. with a continental breakfast. We will provide lunch and an optional afternoon field tour will allow participants to view farmland conservation practices in the area. The program will end back at the Metro Center with wrap-up and refreshments at 3:00 p.m.

Nearly half the farmland in Illinois is currently owned or co-owned by women. More women now manage farmland on their own, as they inherit it from their spouses or parents. Many women wonder whether they are doing all they can to improve soil and water quality while maintaining high agricultural productivity. Many are unsure of exactly how to reach their conservation goals and what resources are available to help them. If they are leasing their farmland, they wonder how best to discuss their concerns and goals with their tenants.

Women Caring for the Land offers a women-only peer-to-peer, informal discussion format to allow women landowners to talk about their individual land stewardship goals and share information with one another. Women conservationists will help facilitate the discussion and share resources that can help you such as USDA cost-share programs and other tools. We will also have an invited guest from Illinois Farm Bureau discuss rental rates.   

For those planning on attending the afternoon field tour, there will be several stops where we can get out and see conservation practices on farms. We will not be straying far from the road, but please bring sturdy shoes and sun protection. We will provide air-conditioned bus transportation and bottled water to keep you comfortable on the tour.

Space is limited for this unique opportunity so please RSVP by 5:00 p.m. Friday, May 31 to Teresa Bullock, American Farmland Trust, by emailing her at tbullock@niu.edu or calling (815-753-6365). If you have any conservation topics in particular you would like to discuss, please let us know in your RSVP.

This session of Women Caring for the Land is sponsored by the Women, Food and Agriculture Network (WFAN) in partnership with American Farmland Trust, Prairie Rivers Network, and Friends of the Big Bureau Creek Watershed. Staff from these organizations as well as USDA NRCS will be on hand to answer your questions.

Download a PDF of Invite Letter

Background Materials and References



American Farmland Trust