Women who own or manage farmland in Rock Island, Mercer and surrounding counties are invited to participate in a free conservation discussion and field tour on August 21 in Reynolds.  The program is called Women Caring for the Land.

The meeting will be held Thursday, August 21 and starts at 8:30 a.m. at the Reynolds American Legion, 501 Main Street, Reynolds, IL 61279. We will provide a continental breakfast, lunch and an optional afternoon field tour which will allow participants to view farmland conservation practices in the area.  The program will end at the American Legion with wrap-up and refreshments at 3 pm.

Nearly half the farmland in Illinois is currently owned or co-owned by women.  More women now manage farmland on their own, as they inherit it from their spouses or parents.  Many women wonder whether they are doing all they can to improve soil and water quality while maintaining high agricultural productivity.  Many are unsure of exactly how to reach their conservation goals and what resources are available to help them.  Women Caring for the Land offers a women-only peer-to-peer, informal discussion format to discuss their individual land stewardship goals and share information with one another.  Women conservationists will help facilitate the discussion and share resources that can help you, such as USDA cost-share programs and other tools.

The afternoon field tour will be focused on soil health practices, including cover crops.  We will not be straying far from the road, but please bring sturdy shoes and sun protection.  We will provide bus transportation for the tour.

Space is limited for this unique opportunity so please RSVP by 4:30 p.m. Monday, August 18 to the Rock Island Soil and Water Conservation District by emailing Sally Ferguson at riswcd@rockislandswcd.org, or by calling (309) 764-1486, ext. 3.  If you need accommodation please notify Sally when you RSVP.

This session of Women Caring for the Land is sponsored by American Farmland Trust in partnership with the Women, Food and Agriculture Network, and the Rock Island County Soil and Water Conservation District.  Staff from these organizations as well as USDA NRCS will be on hand to answer your questions. More information can be found at: http://womencaringfortheland.org/illinois/

We promise to make it a fun and interesting day, and hope you can join us!

See more details on The Cities at the 13:30 mark.