March 16 in Ord Women Caring for the Land Workshop and Farm Tour set - FREE program focusing on conservation and land management for female landowners

Release Date: 

02/17/2016

Contact(s): 

Becky Keim, Center for Rural Affairs, beckyk@cfra.org, Phone: (402) 269-8170
Traci Bruckner,  Center for Rural Affairs, tracib@cfra.org, Phone: (402) 687-2103 ext. 1016
or Elisha Smith, Center for Rural Affairs, elishas@cfra.org, Phone: (402) 687-2103 ext. 1007
 

Lyons, NE - Women who own or manage farmland or ranchland in Holt and surrounding counties in Nebraska are invited to participate in a  Women Caring for the Land discussion about soil health, farm conservation options, and available resources. The free program will take place on Wednesday, March 16 at the Central Community College - Ord Learning Center in Ord, NE.

“Women own almost a third of farm and ranch land in Nebraska, and often want to do more to conserve their land and resources. However, many are unsure exactly how to reach their conservation goals and what resources are available to help them. Women Caring for the Land can help,” said said Traci Bruckner with the Center for Rural Affairs.
 
According to Bruckner, Women Caring for the Land offers a peer-to-peer, informal discussion format to allow women landowners to talk about their individual land stewardship goals, facilitated by women conservation experts who can share resources available such as USDA conservation programs, state loans, and other tools.
 
The meeting will begin with registration, coffee and resource sharing at 8:30 a.m.  A free lunch will be provided, and during an afternoon field tour participants will travel to a nearby location to observe soil characteristics and conservation practices. The tests will measure for soil structure and stability and infiltration.
 
Bruckner suggests participants wear appropriate clothing and footwear/attire as walking a short distance will be required for the field tour.  The group will return to the depot for dessert and wrap-up, with the meeting ending by 3 p.m.
 
For those interested, immediately following the workshop, Marian Langan, the Executive Director of Audubon Nebraska, will provide a short 30 minute presentation on managing and conserving habitat for grassland birds.
 
Maintaining healthy soil is the key to productivity and environmental health for farmland. Women landowners who attend this meeting will learn to assess and improve the health of their soils through cover crops, no-till and strip-till, and other conservation practices.
 
Bruckner also pointed out that all interested women are welcome to these discussions, including owners, operators and inheritors of farmland, regardless of their degree of knowledge regarding conservation.
 
Event Location Details:
Women Caring for the Land Workshop
Wednesday, March 16
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Central Community College - Ord Learning Center
1514 K St, Ord, NE 68862
 
*FREE lunch provided

 
To ensure enough food is provided, interested participants should  RSVP by Friday, March 11  to Becky Keim, 402-269-8170 ​beckyk@cfra.org​  at the Center for Rural Affairs or online: https://goo.gl/63Qidc . For more information about this program, visit www.womencaringfortheland.org or call 641-430-2540.

This session of Women Caring for the Land is sponsored by the Center for Rural Affairs in partnership with the Women, Food and Agriculture Network, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. The series is funded by a grant from the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service Conservation Innovation Grant Program.

Get the Newsletter