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



Event Details

Monday, March 31, 2014

8:30 am to 3:00 pm
DeKalb County Farm Bureau

1350 West Prairie Drive
Sycamore, Illinois




Women who own or manage farmland in Dekalb and surrounding counties are invited to participate in a free conservation discussion and field tour on March 31, 2014 in Sycamore. The program is called Women Caring for the Land and is sponsored in part by a sustainability grant from the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

The meeting will be held Monday, March 31 and starts at 8:30 a.m. at the DeKalb County Farm Bureau at 1350 West Prairie Drive, Sycamore, IL 60178. 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 Dekalb County Farm Bureau 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.

For those planning on attending the afternoon field tour, there will be 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. Monday, March 24 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 Women, Food and Agriculture Network (WFAN), Food and Agriculture Network, DeKalb County Farmland Foundation, the Dekalb and Kane/Dupage County Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and the DeKalb County Farm Bureau. 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