Pender Workshop for Women Farmland Owners/Managers June 10 - FREE program focusing on conservation and land management for female landowners

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Virginia Meyer, Center for Rural Affairs,, Phone: (402) 687-2100
or Elisha Smith, Center for Rural Affairs,, Phone: (402) 687-2100

Lyons, NE - Women who own or manage farm or ranch land in Thurston and surrounding counties in Northeast 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, June 10 at the Pender Fire Hall, 314 Maple St., Pender, NE.  

“Women landowners now own or co-own approximately half of Midwest and Great Plains farm and ranch land, 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 Virginia Meyer, with the Center for Rural Affairs.
According to Meyer, 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.
Meyer 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 Fire Hall for dessert and wrap-up, with the meeting ending by 3 p.m.
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.
Meyer 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:
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Pender Fire Hall
314 Maple St.
Pender, NE
To ensure enough food is provided, interested participants should  RSVP by Monday, June 8 to Virginia Meyer at the Center for Rural Affairs – (402) 687-2100 or For more information about this program, visit 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.

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