AMES, Iowa – Women landowners, farmers and ag retailers will have the opportunity to meet again this fall and winter to learn more about agronomy and related agricultural topics through distance-learning sessions of Agronomy in the Field.
Agronomy in the Field for women is in its fourth year and has been offered at several locations across the state. The goals of Agronomy in the Field are to strengthen agronomic skills for women that allow for better decision-making, provide a better understanding of inputs for crop production, see and understand different conservation practices and increase confidence in communication with their spouse, farming partner, ag retailer or tenant.
Programs are hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach field agronomists Angie Rieck-Hinz, Meaghan Anderson and Rebecca Vittetoe.
Distance-learning classroom sessions of Agronomy in the Field will be offered monthly from October through March. Sessions will start at 6 p.m. and will typically last until 7:30 p.m. These sessions will be provided through a web-conferencing program, so women can join online from the comfort of their own home or office.
“It can be hard to travel in the fall and winter months with the harvest season and weather challenges, so hopefully utilizing web-conferencing technology will allow women across the state to still be a part of the program, even if they are unable to physically be in the same location,” said Rieck-Hinz.
All sessions will be recorded so women can access them at a time convenient for them if they can’t join the live sessions.
The sessions that will be offered this fall and winter are as follows:
- Oct. 30; Seed and trait selection.
- Nov. 20; Progress on the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy and Edge-of-Field Practices.
- Jan. 29; Recognizing and Managing Farm Family Stress.
- Feb. 12; Energy and Perennial Crops in Iowa.
- March 26; The Nitrogen Cycle, Nitrogen Sources, Application Methods and Timing.
Any interested women landowners, farmers and service providers who would like to participate in upcoming sessions should contact Rieck-Hinz, at 515-231-2830 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Anderson, at 319-331-0058 or email@example.com; or Vittetoe, at 319-653-4811 or firstname.lastname@example.org, so access can be provided for web-conferencing and resource materials.
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