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  • Five Questions You Should Ask Your Tenant About Soil Health – WFAN
    and build the health of your soil The Natural Resources Conservation Service has created a new handout with five questions you should ask your tenant to find out The questions are simple and come with easy to understand explanations The first Do you build organic matter in the soil explains Finding a farmer who is interested in building organic matter by using practices like no till and cover crops is

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  • Profile of Becky Ohrtman, Source Water Protection Program Coordinator, Iowa Department of Natural Resources – WFAN
    out whether their farmland is within the capture zone area of a municipal water supply Ohrtman says Of Iowa s 880 municipalities 260 are highly susceptible to contamination because of their shallow wells hydro geological setting and nearby farming practices She says landowners can find out if their land is close to a city well capture zone by talking with her agency or similar agencies in other states see end of article Soon landowners will also be able to visit their Iowa USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service NRCS staff to find out as well Especially if your farmland is within a public well capture zone she says consider reducing risks to the water supplies by using practices such as cover crops buffer strips nutrient management and wetlands Landowners may also be paid to enroll land in the Wellhead Protection Conservation Reserve Program For a list of management practices you and your tenant can try visit NRCS Women Caring for the Land or the Source Water Protection for Targeted Community Water Supplies Program You can also stop by your Iowa NRCS county office and visit with the conservationists there Ohrtman encourages landowners to join local source water teams where available they are often coordinated by city administrators These teams are seeking landowner members and welcome your participation Ohrtman points out that conservation management is voluntary and her program is not a regulatory one She is happy to visit with landowners as well and can be reached at 515 725 8332 Iowa has approximately 92 000 farms Ohrtman says Iowa s SWP program is prioritizing susceptible community water supplies identifying conservation practices to decrease nitrate contamination in public wells collaborating with many agricultural partners to provide SWP information education and outreach Iowa has created an improved SWP program that other Midwest states

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  • Women Caring for the Land – Page 3 – WFAN
    WISA National Conferences News WFAN Board Member Angie Carter Receives Fellowship We are thrilled that our board member Angie Carter received a Toyota TogeterGreen Conservation fellowship to work with us in reaching out to farmland owners on a watershed scale Here s what Angie has to say Nature usually doesn t pay attention to property boundaries Our water quality is impacted by what people do or don t do upstream Continue Reading WFAN Publications Women Caring for the Land Conservation Series WFAN Legal Series click for free PDF downloads Continue Reading Women Caring for the Land Women Caring for the Land WCL is designed to serve women farmland landowners who are interested in learning more about conservation The program is in increasing demand among both women landowners and agency partners such as NRCS and state departments of natural resources Here you will find many of the resources and learning activities used in Women Caring for Continue Reading Blog Page This article is by Anna Bruen a WFAN Board Member on why she believes WFAN s work is effective I ve noticed that when women come together and have the opportunity to learn from each other listen respectfully challenge and share

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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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  • Conservation on Leased Land: The Landlady-Tenant Relationship Video – WFAN
    Women Caring for the Land Women Land Legacy Plate to Politics Resources 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 Conservation on

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  • WEgrow Introduction Video – WFAN
    Conferences WISA National Conferences News WEgrow Introduction Video WEgrow is an innovative new training program designed specifically to help women who produce and market agricultural or forestry products Gain business financial management and marketing skills that will equip them to successfully and profitably manage their businesses Reach their full potential to engage in leadership and executive roles in agricultural forestry and community organizations and businesses WEgrow will accomplish these goals

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  • 2015 Conference Resources – WFAN
    PDF Mo Vue HAFA Slides PDF Maggie Tinsman 50 50 in 2020 Slides PDF Plate to Politics website Hmong American Farmers Association website 50 50 in 2020 website Pollinator Habitat 100 Square Foot Pollinator Garden Design PDF Perilous Plight of the Pollinator PDF Pollinator Biology and Habitat PDF High Value Pollinator Plants Dry Sites PDF High Value Pollinator Plants Moist Sites PDF High Value Pollinator Plants Wet Sites PDF Xerces Society for Insect Conservation website Natural Resources Conservation Service website UC Berkeley Urban Bee Lab website Pollinator Partnership website Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium website Saturday workshops Dr Robin Kimmerer Keynote Renewing the web of reciprocity Indigenous food systems and biodiversity PDF Map of My Kingdom Panel Map of My Kingdom website Practical Farmers of Iowa website Agribusiness Solutions PDF Farmers Are Thinking About PDF Protect Your Legacy PDF Rely on a Leader PDF Principal Financial Group website Sustainable Iowa Land Trust SILT website Veggie Production 101 Building a Sustainable Business SARE publication Pesticide Drift Pesticide Action Network of North America website Iowa Farmers Union website Food Faith Climate Interfaith Power and Light website Getting On to the Land Email presenter Kate Cloudsparks at this link How She Does It Women

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  • Friday Afternoon Field Tours – WFAN
    IL Augustana College students work year round planting food harvesting and developing new ideas for food production in a once empty lot They sell their produce to the public at the farm on Wednesday afternoons Centennial Park Urban Community Garden and Pantry Rock Island IL Sheila Solomon is the founder and director of the Centennial Park Neighborhood Association in Rock Island The community garden and pantry are her efforts to involve the neighborhood residents in growing and eating healthy fresh vegetables You can see pictures from this year s garden on the Facebook page of the SixThirteen Block Club Rural Tour Focus on Horticulture This tour is designed to give you a look at a variety of farm businesses based on horticulture We will visit the following women owned farms Toohey Achers Viola IL Nan Toohey and her husband Glen have operated a four acre market farm 30 miles south of the Quad Cities for the past 30 years They sell vegetables at weekly farmers markets in Galesburg and Aledo IL This is old fashioned direct market farming at its best Nan does not even own a computer Small Frye Farm Maysville IA In 2009 Susan Frye established the small frye farm vegetable fruit herb cutting flower CSA which serves subscribers in Scott and Johnson counties The seven acre homestead has been organic since 1994 and nine additional acres were certified organic in 2013 with twenty three more set aside as chemical free Miss Effie s Country Flowers Donahue IA Cathy LaFrenz owns and operates the first u pick flower farm in Iowa The one acre flower plot changes with the seasons all plants are grown naturally without harmful pesticides The 1892 farmhouse is a perfect example of a Queen Anne Classic L Victorian built throughout the upper Midwest by

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