Women landowners invited to one-day workshop

Release Date: 

01/05/2017

Contact(s): 

Becky Keim, project organizer, beckyk@cfra.org, 402.269.8170
Glen Ready, policy program assistant, glenr@cfra.org, 402.687.2100 ext 1011
Rhea Landholm, brand marketing and communications manager, rheal@cfra.org, 402.687.2100 ext 1025

Event update: Due to predicted inclement weather, this event has been postponed to Wednesday, Feb. 15. Conservation Workshop for Women Farmers & Landowners will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and a workshop on Whole Farm Revenue Protection will run from 2 to 5 p.m.  Click here for the updated news release.

Ord, NE - Women farmers, landowners and land managers are invited to a two-part workshop and discussion on Wednesday, Jan. 25, in Ord, presented by the Center for Rural Affairs.

Conservation Workshop for Women Farmers & Landowners will kick off the day, beginning at 9 a.m. This session is the first of a five-class series that focuses on how to effectively adapt to a changing climate in an environment with increased heavy precipitation events, a changing growing season, and temperature fluctuations.

“Participants will receive individual consultation from conservation and climate change experts and use location-specific climate projections to create or update their existing conservation plans,” said Becky Keim, Center for Rural Affairs project organizer. “The presentations will also include discussions of financial opportunities to make implementation of such practices easier and more affordable.”

The series includes field tours to local farms and presentations by experts in Nebraska cropping systems, conservation and climate change. Participants should attend all five, as each class provides different information and builds on the previous session. Additional dates are Feb. 15 and 22, March 15 and April 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with free lunch provided.

A workshop on Whole Farm Revenue Protection will run from 1 to 4 p.m., also at the Ord Fire Hall. Whole Farm Revenue Protection is a new form of crop insurance that is offered in every county and rewards on-farm diversity.

“Instead of relying on policies for specific crops, producers can insure the revenue for several crops at once. It’s a great opportunity for farmers who before have struggled to find a crop insurance product that fits their operation,” said Glen Ready, Center for Rural Affairs policy program assistant. “In this workshop, we will discuss what Whole Farm Revenue Protection can do for you and details on how to apply.”

Whole Farm Revenue Protection workshops will also be presented for existing small, mid-sized and beginning farmers on Feb. 9 in Tekamah, beginning women farmers on Feb. 16 in Lincoln, and for beginning farmers on Feb. 22 in Norfolk.

On Jan. 25, a free lunch will be provided at noon for those participating in either the morning, afternoon, or both sessions.

For information or to register for Conservation Workshops for Women Farmers & Landowners, please contact Becky Keim at beckyk@cfra.org or 402.269.8170. For information or to register for the afternoon workshop on Whole Farm Revenue Protection, please visit cfra.org/events.

Conservation Workshops for Women Farmers & Landowners is made possible with funding from a Conservation Innovation Grant from the USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service. The Whole Farm Revenue Protection session is sponsored by the USDA's Risk Management Agency.

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