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SALEM, INDIANA--Women who own or manage farmland in Washington and surrounding counties are invited to participate in a free conservation discussion and field tour on July 15 at the Washington County Community Foundation, 1707 Shelby, Salem, Indiana 47167.

“We estimate that women now own or co-own between one-fourth and one-half of the farmland in the Midwest and they are very interested in farming practices that benefit the health of their land,” said Jennifer Filipiak, associate Midwest director for the American Farmland Trust. “Our goal is to connect these women with each other and with the resource professionals who can help them with their farmland management goals.”


Female conservation professionals are on hand to answer questions and share resources. “These meetings have been well-received in other parts of Indiana,” remarked Ruth Hackman, District Conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service “and we’re looking forward to bringing this unique educational opportunity to our area again. Our first session last year had such a good turnout that attendees had to be turned away. Women are now playing major roles on farms in Washington County and many times are not aware of the services that are available to them.”


Following lunch, area natural resource specialists will lead a bus tour to view conservation practices on the ground. Discussion will focus on “Your Land, Your Legacy”, and will include discussion of how to conserve and transfer your legacy to the next generation or how to preserve it as a protected property. The meeting is presented in partnership with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Farm Service Agency, Washington County Community Foundation, Washington County Soil & Water Conservation District and Purdue Extension. “After our last session, we heard from women how grateful they were for a women-only learning environment,” commented Hackman, “and they told us that they were able to discuss issues that they wouldn’t feel comfortable bringing up in any other setting."

On July 15th, a light breakfast and registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the meeting will begin at 9. Lunch is provided, and the program will end with refreshments at 3 p.m.


RSVP by 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, July12th to the Washington County Soil & Water Conservation District at (812) 883-3006, extension 3 or If you need special accommodations please notify us when you RSVP. And feel free to bring a friend or family member, just let us know when you RSVP!

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Community Foundation

1707 North Shelby Street
Salem, Indiana 47167
Phone: 812-883-7334

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