Women farmland owners and operators in and around Rush and Shelby counties are invited to free conservation discussion and field tour.

More than one million women now operate American farms, as a growing number of women inherit, start or take charge of working farms each day. In the Midwest, women now own or co-own an estimated one-fourth to one-half of all farmland.

To reach the growing number of women landowners interested in farming practices that benefit the health of their land, Rush/Shelby Soil & Water is joining with Women4theLand to host a free conservation discussion and field tour for women farmland owners and operators on Thursday, Aug. 29, beginning at 9 a.m. at Forgey Tree Farm, 7519 E 500 N, Falmouth, IN (registration begins at 8:30 a.m).

This Women’s Conservation Learning Circle is an informal meeting that includes a women-only morning discussion, followed by lunch and a tour to view on-farm practices that promote healthy soil and water quality. Female conservation professionals will be on hand to answer questions and share resources. The key topics of discussion will include soil health, government financial assistance programs and communicating with farm tenants about management practices.

“Women farmland owners and operators may not be aware of all the programs and resources available to them,” Jennifer Filipiak, associate Midwest director of American Farmland Trust, said. “Our goal is to connect the growing number of women landowners with each other and with the resource professionals who can help them with their stewardship goals.”

This Women’s Learning Circle is made possible by the partners of conservation including Soil & Water, NRCS, Women4theLand, Fraley Truck & Implement Sales, Farm Credit MidAmerica, Beacon Ag Group, and Shelby Co. Co-Op.

Interested women landowners can RSVP by Aug. 26, 2019 to the Rush or Shelby Co. Soil & Water office at 765-544-2051, ext. 3. There is no charge to attend this meeting, but please RSVP.

For more information, please contact Joyce Miller, Rush Co. SWCD at 765-544-2051, ext. 3 or joyce.miller@in.nacdnet.net.