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ISU’s women in ag program growing


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There are over 33,000 female farm operators in Iowa. These women account for 25 percent of all the farm operators in the state according to Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Census.

ISU is offering an Agronomy in the Field multi-session workshop for women landowners, farmers, conservationists and other women who are interested in learning more about agronomy.

A series of summer workshops will be held monthly at the Iowa State University McNay Memorial Research and Demonstration Farm near Chariton, Iowa.

The sessions cover crop staging, weed, disease and insect identification, as well as, management decisions based on economic thresholds for insects. Water quality, soil conservation practices, and soil health are also discussed.

“We plan to cover topics on planting conditions, crop growth and development, replant considerations, weed, disease and insect identification, pest management principles, scouting techniques, forage and pasture management, and additional practices and topics as they come up,” said Rebecca Vittetoe, ISU Extension Field Agronomist.

The goals of the program are to strengthen agronomic skills for women, including decision-making, inputs for crop production, water quality and conservation practices, and communication with spouse, farming partner, and ag retailer.

There is no charge for the series, but registration is required here.