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Women now own or co-own nearly half of Midwest farmland, and an increasing number of women are now managing land inherited from their family or spouse. Many women landowners have questions about tenant oversight, soil and water quality, conservation goals, and professional resources. The program offers a peer-to-peer, informal discussion format facilitated by female conservation experts who can explain resources available such as USDA cost share program, loans, leases, and other tools. The learning circle method of conservation outreach to woman farmland owners was developed by Women, Food, and Agriculture Network (WFAN) for its Women Caring for the LandSM program*.

Women who own or manage farmland in and around Sauk County, are invited to a free conservation discussion and field tour on Wednesday, April 11, at the West Square Building, Meeting Room B-24, 505 Broadway, Baraboo. Coffee and registration begin at 9:00 a.m. This event includes a discussion and lunch at the West Square Building, a bus tour of Echo-Y Farm, operated by the winners of the Wisconsin Land+Water Conservation Farmer of the Year designation for 2018. The bus will return to the West Square Building no later than 3:30 p.m.

Space is limited. Please RSVP by 4 p.m. Friday, April 6, to Sadie Schroeder, Sauk County Conservation, Planning, and Zoning. Email sadie.schroeder@saukcountywi.gov or call (608) 355-4842.

This event is sponsored by Sauk County Conservation, Planning, and Zoning in collaboration with the Wisconsin USDA-NRCS, and USDA-FSA.

*WFAN is a non-profit organization providing networking, education and leadership development opportunities for women engaged in all aspects of sustainable agriculture. Visit www.wfan.org. For more conservation information from WFAN for women farmland owners, visit the program’s website, www.womencaringfortheland.org.