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Women Caring for the Land
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Women Farmland Owners in Hendricks County
Invited to Attend Free Program Focused on Conservation

Event Details

July 26, 2013

6:00pm to 9:00pm
Danville Farm Bureau Office
1590 E. Main Street
Danville, IN

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Women who own farmland and lease it, manage their own farm, or farm with their husband in Hendricks County are invited to participate in a free conservation discussion on July 26, 2013 in Danville, IN. The program is called Women caring for the Land.

 The meeting will be held Friday, July 26 and starts at 6:00 pm at the Hendricks County, Danville Farm Bureau Office-1590 E. Main Street, Danville, IN. Check-in begins at 5:30 p.m. We will provide dinner at no cost.

Women now comprise 27 percent of farm landowners in Indiana and the impact of women landowners will only increase as the farm population ages and more women outlive men.  Experts estimate that more than 200 million acres of farmland nationwide will change hands in the next 20 years with women potentially owning most of the land that is transferred.  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.  

Space is limited for this unique opportunity so please RSVP by 5:00 p.m. Friday, July 19 to Margaret Gladden, Hendricks County Farm Bureau, Inc., by emailing her at dalemargaret@gmail.com or calling her at (317-979-4640). 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, and Hendricks County Farm Bureau, Inc. Staff from these organizations, as well as USDA NRCS and Central Indiana Land Trust, will be on hand to answer your questions.

Download a PDF of Invite Letter

Background Materials and References



American Farmland Trust