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  • Remember to Consider Pesticides When Trying Cover Crops – WFAN
    resistance to common herbicides That means farmers often choose herbicides that offer long term or residual control If the herbicide persists in your soil it may hinder emergence or growth of your cover crop The longer the delay between herbicide application and planting of cover crops the less problem you should have Some cover crops are more sensitive to herbicides than others Tillage radish for example can be killed by broadleaf herbicides Rye is tolerant to a wider range of weed killers Your decisions will differ depending on whether you plan to graze or harvest the cover crop or are using it primarily for erosion control If you want to plant a crop that will be harvested or the crop will enter the food or feed chain rotation or plant back restrictions must be followed Remember the herbicide label is the law says Liz Liz notes that herbicide companies have typically not done much testing of their products effects on cover crops and therefore you won t find much information on labels about rotations that include cover crops She adds that herbicide persistence depends on many factors not just on the amount of rainfall your fields have received The dominant mechanism for herbicide degradation in the soil is through microbial activity Conditions favorable for microbial populations such as warm temperatures oxygen good fertility and a medium soil pH will favor herbicide breakdown In contrast flooded soil conditions where oxygen is lacking will reduce microbial activity and herbicide degradation Climatic factors involved in the degradation or breakdown of herbicides include moisture temperature and sunlight Generally herbicide degradation rates increase with increases in temperature and moisture while cool dry conditions slow degradation Finally chemical properties of the herbicide affect the herbicide s persistence including the herbicide s water solubility soil adsorption vapor

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  • Women Caring for the Land – Page 2 – WFAN
    So we decided to train them ourselves Through support from the Iowa Women s Foundation we are training a cadre of women to Continue Reading Carol Schutte Elected President of Iowa Academy of Science WFAN program assistant Carol Schutte was installed as president of the Iowa Academy of Science at its recent annual meeting held on the University of Iowa campus Outgoing president Nadine Weirather passed her the gavel Nadine and Carol are pictured at left Carol has been a member of the Academy for 27 years This was Continue Reading New to Farmland Management You re Not Alone by Lynn Heuss Did you know that nearly half the land in Iowa is owned or co owned by women If you are one of them I would like to share some information for you to think about as you consider your land and its future Over the past five years I have talked with hundreds Continue Reading New Land Trust Offers Healthy Legacy Options to Women Landowners Women landowners eager to protect their farmland to grow food forever finally have that option with the launch of the Sustainable Iowa Land Trust or SILT in January SILT s mission is to protect land to grow healthy food As a nonprofit land trust the group can receive land and easement protection on the use of Continue Reading Woman Land Owner Audrey Arner When you ask Audrey Arner to tell you the history of her farm she begins by mentioning the glaciers that passed through the area 14 000 years ago carving out the Minnesota River Valley The glacier is what created our soils she says Audrey and her husband Richard Handeen own and operate Moonstone Farm near Montevideo Continue Reading Cows Eat Weeds Kathy Voth is a 12 year veteran of the

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  • Women Caring for the Land – WFAN
    on the topic of soil health between 2013 and 2015 in seven Midwest states NE MN IA WI MO IL and IN A USDA NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant funded 40 of these meetings the Iowa Department of Land Stewardship Division of Soil Continue Reading Walking the Path Together When It Matters Most by Leigh Adcock Women farmers often say that they owe their success to meeting just the right person at just the right time Mairi Doerr and Hannah Bernhardt are Minnesota farmers who are helping each other meet two very different goals Hannah is a beginning farmer She grew up on a conventional grain farm in Continue Reading Life in the Margins Hedgerows Help Biodiversity Want to encourage greater biodiversity on your farmland Consider planting hedgerows These centuries old agricultural tools are garnering new interest as landowners learn their habitat benefits Even urban and suburban lawns and parks can benefit David Coulter is a horticulturist based in Oak Park IL He has worked throughout the Midwest for over 35 years and Continue Reading Remember to Consider Pesticides When Trying Cover Crops More women landowners are working with their tenants to try out cover crops on their fields to control erosion during the months when soil is otherwise bare But pesticides used to control weeds in a corn soybean rotation can have an effect on your cover crops too Here are some points to consider as you make Continue Reading Using the Name Women Caring for the LandSM is service marked by the Women Food and Agriculture Network Service marks are the equivalent of trademarks when dealing with services not goods We re always pleased when other groups want to use the name and logo for Women Caring for the LandSM we want this successful program to reach Continue Reading

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  • WFAN Welcomes Wren Almitra as Women, Land and Legacy Coordinator – WFAN
    and Legacy Coordinator Welcome to Wren Almitra our new Women Land and Legacy Coordinator We are thrilled to have Wren on our staff to help strengthen and grow Women Land and Legacy Prior to working with WFAN Wren worked with the Johnson County Soil and Water Conservation District in Iowa as the Rapid Creek Watershed Coordinator While in that position she served on the Johnson County Women Land and Legacy team for two years As the WLL State Coordinator Wren will work with county based teams who provide educational and networking meetings and events for women landowners and farmers Meetings range from financial planning on farm conservation and tool use and maintenance among many others Women Land and Legacy is a USDA program coordinated through WFAN and it was established in 2004 to help fill a void of information on farm management available to women landowners and farmers The program helps agricultural women come together to converse listen and become empowered to act on their landscape and in their community Through small group dialogue and focused conversation processes Iowa agricultural women are given the opportunity to inform agencies and organizations of their strengths and needs and what specific outreach strategies

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  • Job Announcement: Women, Land and Legacy Coordinator for Iowa – WFAN
    Publications WFAN Video Library Start a Local Network Mother s Egg Scholarship Fund Calendar Conferences 2016 Annual Conference WFAN Annual Conferences WISA National Conferences News Job Announcement Women Land and Legacy Coordinator for Iowa WFAN is seeking a Women Land and Legacy Coordinator for Iowa Deadline to apply is Tuesday September 29 at 5 p m Download the position announcement here Questions about the position can be directed to Bridget

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  • WFAN Offers 15 Annual Conference Scholarships Funded by REAP – WFAN
    Saturday Nov 6 and 7 in Davenport IA This year s theme is Women Protecting Pollinators Protecting Food Our funder is the Resource Enhancement and Protection REAP Conservation Education Program of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Scholarships are available to women who successfully complete an application and agree to return to their communities after the conference and improve or create pollinator habitat on the land they own manage or farm If you are awarded a scholarship you will be reimbursed for up to 200 in conference related expenses after attending the conference and submitting a brief evaluation form You will be required to attend the Friday afternoon Nov 6 pollinator intensive from 1 5 p m and at least one pollinator related workshop on Saturday Nov 7 Scholarships will be awarded on a first come first served basis to eligible applicants as long as funding is available We will try to respond to your application within 3 weeks of receiving it If you receive a scholarship you will be required to write a brief description of your educational experience at the conference and respond to any follow up surveys sent to you by WFAN The selection committee reserves the

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  • Getting to Know Carol Richardson Smith – WFAN
    during the ag credit crisis of the 80s to paid career work as the program designer and manager of a rural community support program for the national non profit Catholic Rural Life which included high level policy work on farm bills and national conferences Other policy work has centered around local foods and rural development in Iowa I am a founding and current board member of both the Community Vitality Center at Iowa State and Iowa Microloan a founding and past member of the Iowa Food Systems Council board and am a current member of the Iowa Rural Development Council Q You are known as one of the women at the heart of WFAN s creation Can you tell me a little about why it felt important to create a women based agricultural community Carol I facilitated a Practical Farmers of Iowa winter women s weekend in 1992 or 1993 which I have always thought planted the seeds for WFAN As a session facilitator I posed questions for consideration and one of them was what sustains you As dialogue continued it became clear that support and networking were key to sustaining the women present and their work in agriculture and since the group included actors such as Denise Betty Wells and others gatherings were planned to build that needed support for women in agriculture I would say that WFAN began with those gatherings and evolved from there as it built a network with the listserv formed leadership and moved on to adding a project component with the conservation work I was a member of the original leadership group until a career change came along I stayed in touch with what was going on and did do some further planning sessions as facilitation and planning are part of my expertise I

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  • Mel Bro Joins WFAN as Women, Land and Legacy Coordinator – WFAN
    outreach to women in rural Iowa through Women Land and Legacy local groups where women hold ongoing meetings in their counties covering topics from farm management to conservation It amazes me how passionate women are about the land and how eager they are to learn more Mel says Having seen the benefits of the program on the local level I m hoping to help make this program available to every woman throughout the state of Iowa And to women who don t live in Iowa we hope it doesn t take long for other states to realize that something special going on with this program These local groups empower women to make so many positive changes to their farms and the land they own it s only a matter of time until this program spreads across the country Mel will be the first staff member for the Women Land and Legacy program Although the program has been around for 10 years and is active in 22 counties all of the program s successes are due to the efforts of the Women Land and Legacy State Team which includes women from many state and federal agencies And we love working with

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