Women, Land & Legacy Newsletter


The latest Women, Land & Legacy newsletter is here and it has a new look! Read about how WLL empowers women through conversation, learn about upcoming WLL events and also conferences by other women in ag groups, and learn about CRP, the Conservation Reserve Program! Read more here.


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Fall Conferences for Women in Food and Agriculture

As one of many women in ag. programs in Iowa, we like to highlight what’s going on in the state through other groups and organizations. Below is information on fall conferences by the Women, Food & Ag. Network, FarmHer, and ISU Extension & Outreach Women in Ag.


LaDonna Redmond will be the keynote at the annual WFAN conference.

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The Census of Agriculture Tells a Story You Can Be Part Of

The Census of Agriculture remains the only source of uniform, comprehensive, and impartial agriculture data for every county in the nation. For the next five years results from the 2017 Census of Ag will be relied upon heavily by those who serve farmers and rural communities: federal, state and local governments, agribusinesses, trade associations, extension educators, researchers, and farmers and ranchers themselves.

Testimonials from a few of the Census of Agriculture data users:

  • Farmer who convinced county officials to fund better road maintenance: I used the county data in the Census of Agriculture to show our county officials the value of all that milk produced and explained the need for commercial trucking for every dairy farm.
  • Commodity risk manager for a major feed company: For any competitive market to function efficiently all market participants must operate with similar knowledge. Without equal knowledge distortions occur and markets become easily manipulated due to the imbalance of information.
  • Farmer who appreciates USDA programs used on his farm: The pool of dollars available for many of these (farm) programs is determined by farmers’ responses to the Census of Ag, so it is vital for farmers to accurately report acreages and environmental practices.

Let your voice be part of the conversation here: https://www.agcensus.usda.gov/Census_Story/

USDA Release Dates
Survey results will be available at www.nass.usda.gov.

Every Monday 3 p.m. CT ….. Weekly Crop Prgoress

September 8th, 2 p.m. CT ….. Cash Rents by County

September 12th, 11 a.m. CT ….. Crop Production

September 28th, 2 p.m. CT ….. Agricultural Prices and Hogs and Pigs

September 29th, 11 a.m. CT ….. Grain Stocks and Small Grains Summary




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Upcoming WLL Events

Check out all of the great Women, Land & Legacy events happening state-wide (for the most up to date information on all upcoming events, go to our calendar). Interested in seeing if there’s a WLL chapter near you? Click here for a map and contact information for all of our teams across Iowa!

SW WLL Power Hourfremont county
September 28th, Tabor
Join Women, Land & Legacy of Southwest Iowa on Thursday, September 28th, to learn about the options of Substitute Decision Making such as Power or Attorney. “Power Hour” will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Tabor City Hall Community Room located at 206 Main Street in Tabor, Iowa with dinner being catered by Katy’s Catering of Glenwood. Pre-registration for this event is requested by September 21, 2017 by calling ISU Extension & Outreach-Fremont County at 712-374-2351, or Mills County at 712-527-3316.

Iowa WLL Women of the Harvest Appreciation Eventiowa county
October 29th, Marengo
Iowa Co. WLL will hold a “Women of the Harvest” appreciation event at Fireside Winery, Marengo, 1-3 p.m. Enjoy an afternoon of fun conversation, wine glass painting, appetizers, and drinks. $25 ticket includes wine glass painting class with supplies, appetizers, and 2 drink tickets. Purchase tickets by October 1st by calling 319-329-9821.

Marion and Mahaska Counties Join WLL as Newest Teammahaska county
November 13th, Oskaloosa
November 14th,  Knoxville
Marion/Mahaska counties will join Women, Land & Legacy with two days of Listening Sessions! More details to come on our calendar and Facebook page. If you live in Marion or Mahaska counties and are interested in either getting involved with the events planning team or want to be notified when events are happening, please contact Wendi Denham at 641-673-3476 or wendi.denham@ia.usda.gov.

Dubuque WLL Estate and Transition Planning dubuque county
November 15th, Farley
The Dubuque Co. team will hold an estate and transition planning workshop with ISU Extension & Outreach specialists Melissa O’Rourke and Dave Baker on November 15th, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. at Farley Memorial Hall, 202 1st St. NW, Farley. RSVP by November 9th to Colleen Siefken, 563-876-3418 ext. 3.

Clayton WLL Nuts and Bolts of Estate Planningclayton county
December 5th, Elkader
The Clayton Co. team will bring ISU Extension & Outreach Specialist Meliss O’Rourke to Elkader to talk about the “nuts and bolts” of estate planning. More details to come on our calendar and Facebook page.





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Empowering Women Through Conversation

Women, Land & Legacy (WLL) is a unique program for women in agriculture that puts the direction of learning in the hands of the women who need more information to make best decisions for their farms and land. The WLL State Team learned early on that 100_0063women prefer to receive information in a variety of ways, including informal and diverse presentation styles, direct participation, and through open conversations with one another. Most participants feel that focused dialogue with peers and potential advisors in smaller groups is just as important and, at times, as effective as formal presentations.

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Iowa Co. Hosts 5th Annual IA Women Landowners Conference

On June 22nd, the Iowa Co. WLL team will host its 5th annual conference for Iowa women landowners, in Brooklyn, IA. We asked one of the team members, Jennifer Ness, more about this highly anticipated event. Continue reading

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Rural Legacy is Here!

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Enjoy the latest edition of Rural Legacy, the quarterly newsletter of Women, Land & Legacy. In this edition:

  • Tama Co. Women, Land & Legacy celebrates 10 years
  • USDA Census –  Make sure you are counted
  • Get to know the NRCS resources available to you
  • WLL news and upcoming events

Archived newsletters can be found here.

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Tama Co. WLL Celebrates 10th year, 30th Event

Women, Land & Legacy has been a growing program since 2004, made possible only by the commitment and great outreach efforts from our local teams across Iowa. Tama Co.’s WLL team has been one of the longest-running groups now celebrating 10 years of local programming for women in Tama and surrounding counties. Their 30th event, on beekeeping, will be held this Thursday, April 6th. WLL Coordinator Wren Almitra recently interviewed Melody Bro, a member of the Tama team and previous WLL Coordinator. Continue reading

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Aspiring & Beginning Women Farmer Learning Circle Set for May

Are you an aspiring or beginning woman farmer who is interested in networking with other beginning farmers? On May 8th the Women, Food and Agriculture Network will hold a learning circle in Johnson Co. for women wanting to learn more about how to get their farming operation started. Networking, hearing from resource experts, lunch, and farm tours all to be included. More details on the WFAN website.


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Plate to Politics Program Gives Women Tools for Becoming Policy Makers and Advocates

If you’ve felt motivated to become more politically active or have even thought about running for office, you should plan to attend the Plate to Politics training on March 18th in Des Moines. Other trainings will happen in Wisconsin and Minnesota in April.

Read more about these fantastic opportunities at the Women, Food & Ag. Network’s website.

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