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  • WFAN Board Members’ Anti-Fracking Essay Included in New Book – WFAN
    called Fracture Essays Poems and Stories on Fracking in America Their essay is titled A Feminist s Guide to Fighting Pipelines The book was published by Ice Cube Press North Liberty IA The essay was inspired by the two women s work in the Bakken Pipeline Resistance Coalition It includes recommendations for getting a resistance movement started as well as building community looking ahead and caring for yourself According to the publisher The book gathers many of our nation s best environmental minds together and bears witness to hydraulic fracturing here in the United States Fracture Essays Poems and Stories on Fracking in America explores the well known and little known complexities of fracking through first hand experience investigative journalism story telling and verse At a time when politics and profits inhibit our ability to have meaningful discussions about the hazards of fracking the perspectives in this collection are needed as never before to ignite the national conversation about how we can live with more compassion toward Earth Other contributors include Kathleen Dean Moore Pam Houston Linda Hogan Alison Hawthorne Deming and many other strong women writers thinkers and activists This stunning collection of essays poems and fiction is gripping

    Original URL path: http://www.wfan.org/wfan-board-members-anti-fracking-essay-included-in-new-book/ (2016-04-30)
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  • Book Review: Eliza the Pig, by Alexandra McClanahan – WFAN
    sees each piglet s unique characteristics and then names it appropriately For Eliza knowing that her piglets have a name softens the loss when the time comes for them to leave the farm She reminds herself that Joel and Angela talk about the cycle of life especially that cycle s role on the farm Life on the farm is filled with joys sorrows challenges and change The biggest change comes when a large hog confinement facility is built nearby The stench from the manure becomes unbearable at times forcing the family to spend nights in a hotel Angela and Joel are reminded of the writings of Wendell Berry In taking care of our fellow creatures we acknowledge that they are not ours we acknowledge that they belong to an order and harmony of which we ourselves are parts The Mannings and some of their neighbors resort to a lawsuit which causes deep rifts and disagreements with other friends and neighbors Eliza worries about the effect of the toxic odors on her piglets and about the effect a confinement must have on the pigs that must live there She wonders how those pigs can live without losing their minds Eventually the stress and sadness of the nearby hog confinement leads to tragedy for the Manning farm Life is changed forever Eliza reminds herself of the positive experiences on the farm and the cycle of life lessons she learned from Angela and Joel Thus Eliza is able to remain hopeful The larger tragedy however is that the confinement system of raising animals for meat milk and eggs has been the economic push that eliminates farmers such as the Mannings and has spread across the United States and around the world Vertically integrated corporate control of our commodity agriculture system is considered to

    Original URL path: http://www.wfan.org/book-review-eliza-the-pig-by-alexandra-mcclanahan/ (2016-04-30)
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  • Partnership with IDNR Spreads the Word about Pollinators – WFAN
    to learn more about pollinator habitat at the 2015 WFAN annual conference REAP Resource Enhancement and Protection provided 200 scholarships to women who qualified through an application process and were willing to attend pollinator related sessions and spread their knowledge among friends and colleagues back home Conference sessions included a half day pollinator intensive on Friday Nov 6 and one of several one hour sessions available the next day The conference was held at the Radisson Quad City Plaza in Davenport IA and included field tours local foods a play and nine workshops Browse resources from the conference at this link Scholarship recipients completed a post conference survey where we asked them to tell us one thing that stood out for them among the things they learned The amazing things that I learned about native pollinators said one and how some very simple things can be done on my farm to enhance their numbers Another recipient said The WFAN conference was such a great experience for me I forged many new connections and relationships I was able to network with many inspiring and talented women with whom I will stay connected with as mentors as friends as business connections Most

    Original URL path: http://www.wfan.org/partnership-with-idnr-spreads-the-word-about-pollinators/ (2016-04-30)
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  • WFAN Director to Keynote NFU Women’s Conference – WFAN
    and learn the value of leadership in rural communities and cooperatives The 2016 conference is January 23 27 at the Holiday Inn Conference Center Clearwater Beach FL WFAN executive director Bridget Holcomb is the keynote speaker and will talk about women s leadership and other topics The conference theme is Women Making Moves Managing Transition on the Farm Other speakers include Meredith Sheperd founder of Love Carrots Kriss Marion owner

    Original URL path: http://www.wfan.org/wfan-director-to-keynote-nfu-womens-conference/ (2016-04-30)
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  • Annual Conference Review (and 2016 Preview!) – WFAN
    Friday as well as a beginning farmer gathering that included both a peer discussion and a visit to Beacon Woods Farm near Milan IL A Friday evening tasting event drew more than 75 people to the Quad Cities Food Hub where local chef Nicolette Petty prepared a variety of heavy hors d oeuvres and locally sourced wines and beers were served Later that evening Iowa poet laureate Mary Swander s play Map of My Kingdom was performed by Chicago actress Cora Vander Broek followed by a community discussion of farmland transfer Saturday morning keynote speaker Dr Robin Kimmerer left few dry eyes in the crowd of nearly 200 as she spoke about living in reciprocity with the land Saturday workshops ranged from more information on pollinators and building a back yard bat box to connections among food faith and climate and a very popular session on eco feminist activism You can find copies of many of the presentations on the conference website The Radisson chef and catering staff provided a fantastic lunch buffet featuring local foods and the conference capped off with a casual gathering in the hotel restaurant area hosted by the WFAN board Evaluations included the following comments

    Original URL path: http://www.wfan.org/annual-conference-review-and-2016-preview/ (2016-04-30)
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  • Blog Page – Page 3 – WFAN
    farming and the earth Some of us farm and some of us want Continue Reading New CRP Sign Up Begins Dec 1 USDA will enroll 800 000 additional acres of highly environmentally sensitive land to the Conservation Reserve Program CRP for Wildlife Habitat and Wetlands beginning Dec 1 2015 through Feb 26 2016 The voluntary program allows the USDA to contract with farmers and ranchers interested in removing sensitive land from agricultural production to instead plant grasses or Continue Reading Information on Conservation in Leases and Setting Rent I know I should use a lease with my farmer but I don t know what to include in it How do I set a fair rental rate for my farmer s Many landowners request information at Women Caring for the LandSM meetings about leases and rental rates Especially for women who are new to managing their Continue Reading Harris is Iowa Conservation Woman of the Year Linda Harris is the 2015 Iowa Conservation Woman of the Year She owns farmland in western Iowa and has worked for 15 years to install conservation practices to solve resource concerns on her family s 316 acre farm Linda has worked with the tenant to make sure the best possible systems are being used to conserve the Continue Reading Lots of Sessions for Landowners at WFAN Conference Women landowners have lots of great sessions to choose from at the 2015 WFAN Annual Conference Nov 6 and 7 in Davenport IA Learn more and register at www wfan org conference The theme for this year s WFAN conference is Women Protecting Pollinators Protecting Food Of special interest to landowners will be a Friday afternoon intensive about building pollinator habitat Continue Reading Jaster Teaches Landowners About Animals for Weed Control Susan Jaster helps landowners in western Missouri

    Original URL path: http://www.wfan.org/blog/page/3/ (2016-04-30)
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  • Blog Page – Page 2 – WFAN
    U S Department of Agriculture s USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service NRCS USDA will enroll 10 million acres of farm and ranch land in the 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 WFAN Board Members Anti Fracking Essay Included in New Book WFAN board members Angie Carter PhD and Ahna Kruzic have co authored an essay for a new book called Fracture Essays Poems and Stories on Fracking in America Their essay is titled A Feminist s Guide to Fighting Pipelines The book was published by Ice Cube Press North Liberty IA The essay was inspired by the two Continue Reading Book Review Eliza the Pig by Alexandra McClanahan Alexandra McClanahan s new book Eliza the Pig focuses on the people and animals on a traditional farm in Nebraska As the story is told through the eyes of one of the farm s female pigs the author tackles a difficult reality of today s agriculture system in an easy to read nonjudgmental style that will appeal to readers from Continue Reading Partnership with IDNR Spreads the Word about Pollinators Thanks to scholarships from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources REAP program 15 women who own or farm land in Iowa had a chance to learn more about pollinator habitat at the 2015 WFAN annual conference REAP Resource Enhancement and Protection provided 200 scholarships to women who qualified through an application process and were willing Continue Reading WFAN Director to

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  • Lots of Sessions for Landowners at WFAN Conference – WFAN
    IA Learn more and register at www wfan org conference The theme for this year s WFAN conference is Women Protecting Pollinators Protecting Food Of special interest to landowners will be a Friday afternoon intensive about building pollinator habitat featuring a panel of female experts and a Friday evening performance of Map of My Kingdom Mary Swander s one woman play about passing on farmland to the next generation On Saturday our keynote speaker is Dr Robin Kimmerer distinguished professor of environmental and forest biology at the State University of New York Robin is founding director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment whose mission is to create programs which draw on the wisdom of both indigenous and scientific knowledge for our shared goals of sustainability Dr Kimmerer is author of the popular books of essays Braiding Sweetgrass and Gathering Moss Saturday workshops of interest to women landowners will be a panel discussion with Mary Swander and others about farmland transition a follow up to the play how to monitor and document pesticide drift and a workshop on using trees and shrubs to create successful pollinator habitat on your farmland Visit www wfan org 2015 conference agenda to

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