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



Event Details

April 22, 2014

8:30 am to 3:00 pm
Kaskaskia Country Club
450 E CR 300 N
Arcola, Illinois 61910




Women who own or manage farmland in Coles and Douglas counties are invited to participate in a free conservation discussion and field tour on April 22, 2014 in Arcola. The program is called Women Caring for the Land.

The meeting will be held Tuesday, April 22 and starts at 8:30 a.m. at the KasKaskia Country Club, 450 E CR 300 N, Arcola, Illinois 61910.  Check-in starts at 8:30 a.m. with a continental breakfast.  We will provide lunch and an optional afternoon field tour will allow participants to view farmland conservation practices, especially cover crops, in the area. The program will end back at the Country Club 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.

The afternoon field tour will be focused on soil health practices, including cover crops. We’ll hear about a partnership between a women landowner, her tenant and Dr. Shalamar Armstrong at Illinois State University.  We will not be straying far from the road, but please bring sturdy shoes and sun protection.  We will provide bus transportation for the tour.

Space is limited for this unique opportunity so please RSVP by 5:00 p.m. Friday, April 15 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 American Farmland Trust in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, the Woman, Food and Agriculture Network, the Coles and Douglas County Soil and Water Conservation Districts and the Coles and Douglas County farm bureaus. Staff from these organizations as well as USDA NRCS will be on hand to answer your questions.

Background Materials and References




American Farmland Trust