Women farmers invited to conservation discussion

Women farmers invited to conservation discussion

Women who own or manage farmland in Washington and surrounding counties are invited to participate in a free conservation discussion and field tour Oct. 29 at the Washington County Community Foundation, 1707 Shelby St., Salem.

The meeting will bring together landowners in an informal learning format for a women-only morning discussion followed by a more in-depth look at the characteristics of healthy soil and farming practices that promote it.

Female conservation professionals will answer questions and share resources.

“These meetings have been well-received in other parts of Indiana, and we’re looking forward to bringing this unique educational opportunity to our area,” said Ruth Hackman, district conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Following lunch, area natural resource specialists will lead a bus tour to view conservation practices firsthand.

Discussion will focus on soil health and cover crops but will include water quality, wildlife management and local and state and federal government cost-share programs.

Coffee and registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by the meeting at 9 a.m. Lunch is provided, and the program will end with refreshments at 3 p.m.

RSVP by 5 p.m. Friday to the Washington County Soil & Water Conservation District at 812-883-3006, ext. 3 or jill.roll@in. nacdnet.net.