Women Impacting Agriculture 2017
Meet Velvet Buckingham
Last month, we shared stories of four Women Impacting Agriculture in Iowa. These Women Impacting Agriculture are making positive changes and creating a more sustainable Iowa by improving economic resiliency and stability, conserving natural resources, and being influential agricultural leaders, family members and community volunteers. They will be honored and recognized at the November 28, 2017 Women in Ag Leadership Conference in Ames.
This month, we’re introducing you to another of the honorees: Velvet Buckingham of Corydon, Iowa.
As an environmental specialist with the USDA-NRCS, Velvet serves as the coordinator for the Rathbun Land and Water Alliance Project. She works with landowners to establish and implement conservation practices to help minimize soil erosion and nutrient loss. She assists landowners with the cost-share application process and provides technical assistance. She assists with local field days and other outreach activities, and speaks to local school students about the importance of conservation and water quality.
Velvet also manages a Black Angus herd on her family's farm. She feeds cattle, monitors creep feed rations and calf heath, and ensures success during calving season. Velvet uses a rotational grazing system with her herd and works to make improvements to the grazing system.
In her NRCS role, Velvet has built relationships with the local ISU Extension Beef Specialist and Field Agronomist and serves as a valued resource.
As a mom, Velvet helps her sons’ 4-H clubs with fundraising events and showing heifers at the Wayne County Fair. Always willing to promote agriculture, Velvet speaks at local school ag days and area field days. She also assists the Extension FIeld Agronomist at ISU Extension and Outreach Agronomy in the Field for Women.