Women Landowner Event Scheduled for Sept. 28



AMES, Iowa — Iowa Learning Farms and the East Pottawattamie Soil and Water Conservation District will co-host a women landowner event on Friday, Sept. 28, from noon to 3:30 p.m. The event will be held in the Carson Community Center and includes a complimentary lunch.

Attendees to this educational event will hear presentations from Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship loan program coordinator Tony Toigo and Tonya Meyer-Dideriksen with the Women, Land and Legacy project.They also will visit the Iowa Learning Farms Conservation Station.

The Women, Land and Legacy project, established in 2004, helps agricultural women come together to converse, listen and become empowered to act on their landscape and in their community.

The Conservation Station is a mobile learning center that travels across the state teaching all Iowans how they can help to improve water quality and keep Iowa’s soils in place — building a Culture of Conservation. Visitors to the Conservation Station can learn why Iowa’s water and soils are precious and how to help preserve these natural resources for future generations through demonstrations, pictures, interactive displays, video and sound. The Conservation Station’s rainfall simulator demonstrates the effects of rainfall on different land surfaces. Water runoff and subsurface drainage are collected in clear jars to show what is coming off the various landscapes, both agricultural and urban.

The event is free and the public is invited to attend, but an RSVP is recommended and seating is limited. Please call the East Pottawattamie SWCD office, 712-482-6408, to register for this event. The Carson Community Center is located at 316 S. Commercial St. in Carson, Iowa.

Iowa Learning Farms takes a grassroots approach, offering innovative ways to help all Iowans have an active role in keeping the state’s natural resources healthy and not take them for granted. A goal of Iowa Learning Farms is to build a Culture of Conservation, encouraging the adoption of residue management and conservation practices. Farmers, researchers and ILF team members are working together to identify and implement the best in-field management practices that increase water and soil quality while remaining profitable.

Iowa Learning Farms is a partnership of the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service and Iowa Department of Natural Resources (USEPA section 319); in cooperation with Conservation Districts of Iowa, the Iowa Farm Bureau and the Iowa Water Center.

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Contact: Jamie Meek, East Pottawattamie SWCD education coordinator, 712-482-6408