'Women Caring for the Land' planned in Princeton
PRINCETON — Women who own or manage farmland in Bureau, Lee and LaSalle counties are invited to participate in a free conservation discussion and field tour on June 12 in Princeton. The program is called "Women Caring for the Land."
Nearly half the farmland in Illinois is currently owned or co-owned by women. More women now manage farmland on their own, as they inherit it from their spouses or parents. Many women wonder whether they are doing all they can to improve soil and water quality, while maintaining high agricultural productivity. Many are unsure of exactly how to reach their conservation goals and what resources are available to help them. If they are leasing their farmland, they wonder how best to discuss their concerns and goals with their tenants.
“I’m excited about this opportunity to talk conservation with women farm owners and operators,” said Stacy James, a scientist at Prairie Rivers Network. “We have been working with Friends of Big Bureau Creek Watershed to promote land stewardship activities since 2011, and connecting with women is an important part of our project.”
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