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May 10, 2016

Connections 

 
Hello Friends!
 
May in Iowa is such an enjoyable time for women in agriculture. There’s nothing quite like new calves and lambs out on spring pasture, tiny rows of corn, and apple blossoms to remind us of the promising future agriculture offers.
 
Thank you so much for becoming a new subscriber to this newsletter! We are able to send our third issue to 300 subscribers who feel this is something worthwhile!
 
Our April new subscriber winner is Karen Hogan from eastern Iowa. Our second March winner was Marg Secrest. She wrote to tell us she attended the Women Managing Cattle course last fall. Marg and her husband have a cow calf operation raising Angus cattle. She found the class very interesting and says it was also a great way to network with other women in the cattle industry. Marg feels the newsletter will be another great way to keep up on other upcoming classes and other important agriculture issues.
 
This newsletter is just one way to tune-in to all the exciting opportunities ahead. Drop by our website often and follow us on Facebook and Twitter, too. Let’s have fun staying stay connected!

Cheers!
Madeline Schultz
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Women in Agriculture Program Manager



Upcoming Events
  • Agronomy in the Field for Women: Choose 1 of 3 Iowa locations: Kanawha, Otho, or Crawfordsville
  • June 2-23, 2016 – Women Marketing Grain: 4-week course in Ames, IA
  • July 25-26, 2016 – Iowa Women in Agriculture Tenth Annual Conference and Pre-Conference Water Quality Tour: Ankeny, IA
  • Aug. 30-Sept. 1, 2016 – Women Impacting the Land exhibit and recognition at the Farm Progress Show, Boone, IA 
  • Stay tuned for information about upcoming Annie's Project and Managing for Today and Tomorrow courses

Women Impacting the Land 



“Women Impacting the Land” will be introduced at the 2016 Farm Progress Show; recognizing eight Iowa women from counties all across Iowa who demonstrate exceptional contributions to living on, working with, or managing livestock or farmland; or women providing professional services to agricultural producers (such as those from local USDA offices or cooperatives.) The selection committee has been hard at work and we have chosen women for their roles in livestock, land, or nutrient management as well as their roles in entrepreneurship or community involvement. Learn more

Agronomy in the Field Offered in Three Locations

 
Photo credit: Elyssa McFarland 
Agronomy in the Field is a series of workshops for women designed to improve agronomic skills and increase knowledge for decision-making. This program is currently being offered in three locations.  The original North Central co-hort will continue to meet once a month at the Northern Iowa Research Farm near Kanawha in Hancock County. The Central co-hort is new and will meet twice a month at the Smeltzer Iowa Learning farm near Otho in Webster County. The Southeast co-hort is also new and will meet twice a month at the Southeast Research Farm near Crawfordsville in Washington County. There is no cost to participate in these groups. There is still time to register! 

We will continue staging our crops and discussing what that means developmentally and how management factors may impact growth; we will also start discussions on post-application of herbicides, do weed ID and have a water quality and conservation talk.

"It’s neat to see the diversity everyone brings to the group as well as the different knowledge and experiences the women can share with each,' said Meaghan Anderson, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Agronomist. Learn More

 

Water Quality Tour and IWIA Conference

 
The Iowa Women in Agriculture board of directors has been busy planning a tenth annual conference which is set for July 26, 2016 at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny. New this year is a pre-conference Water Quality Tour on the afternoon of July 25, 2016. The tour is being hosted by Jamie Benning, Water Quality Program Manager and Madeline Schultz, Women in Agriculture Program Manager at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The optional tour is followed by a wine and cheese welcome networking reception. Nicole Jonas from Red Granite Farm near Boone will share the story of how she and her husband Steve traded in conventional agriculture to launch a diverse operation of produce and eggs, shrubs and perennial flowers. 

The conference topics include financial strategies, unmanned aircraft vehicles, new livestock antibiotic use regulations, women’s leadership in agriculture, farm transitioning stories and much more. Learn More

 

Women Marketing Grain

 

The next opportunity to take the Women Marketing Grain course is in Ames, Iowa, June 2 to 23, 2016. The course is being offered by Steve Johnson, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Farm Management Specialist and Mary Clancy, Boone County Extension and Outreach Program Coordinator.

The Iowa Commodity Challenge activities and several grain marketing videos are available on the Ag Decision Maker web site. These are helpful resources for course participants, as well as anyone else. Learn More

Video: Lacy Mason

 
Owner. Operator. Entrepreneur. One winter day, Lacy Mason was thumbing through a catalog, and "hops" jumped off the page. So she embarked on an entrepreneurial journey - growing hops.

Along with lots and lots of research, Lacy decided she needed to supplement her educational process by taking Annie’s Project from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Rockwell City, Iowa in January and February of 2014. Primarily, Lacy wanted to walk away from her Annie’s Project experience with business planning, marketing and people skills. Listen to Lacy's story about her business and her experience with Iowa State University Extension Women in Agriculture and Annie's Project.
Lacy's Story


Programs bring women together! 3 Part Series 


The Women in Ag Learning Network hosted a fall series with compelling webinars that encouraged the participants to think about why women’s family and farm business roles matter. Women have always been involved in agriculture, but have not always been recognized. Agriculture will continue to move forward. 

Part 1: Leading the Way- How Women are Changing Board Rooms and Rural Landscapes
More than ever before, we see women manage farms and ranches, lead agricultural policy, and work at the helm of agribusinesses. The number of farms and ranches owned and operated by women has been steadily increasing over the past several years. 

Part 2: By the Numbers- What the 2012 Census of Ag Tells us about Women Farm and Ranch Operators 
What does the 2012 Census of Ag tell us about women in agriculture? Where are women farmers? What changes have taken place in the landscape since 2007 and 2002?

Part 3: Heart of the Farm- Why Women's Unique Family and Farm Business Roles Matter
Women bring different perspectives, values and priorities to the table. This webinar will focus on what aspects of rural life are important to women, how they learn, and how that influences decision-making with regard to production, marketing and land management practices. 
Webinar Recordings
Send your news or story ideas to us at:

515-294-0588
1029 N. University Blvd. 50011-3611

ISUWomenInAg@gmail.com

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