Women Landowner Days: A Four-Part Online Learning Series

For over a decade, Women, Food and Agriculture Network has organized fun and informative meetings for women landowners providing information, connections, and encouragement they need to take good care of their land. In partnership with Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Black Hawk Soil and Water Conservation District, a FREE four-part online learning series is being offered from July-August 2020 for women who own or manage farmland in Black Hawk County, Iowa and are interested in learning about profitable farming methods that can help improve water quality and soil health.

The first meeting of this series will study the advantages for landowners and their farmer when shifting to soil-improving farming methods led by Dr. Jean Eells The second meeting features agronomist Sarah Carlson from Practical Farmers of Iowa to elaborate upon the limitations and opportunities of equipment when using cover crops and no-till methods as well as which farming basics are barriers to better soil and water quality and which are not. The third meeting covers the ins and outs of setting a fair rent as explained by Mollie Aronowitz of People’s Company. The fourth meeting is led by lawyer Ed Cox, who will discuss leasing options and considerations for when passing on the land some day.

There is no pressure to adopt any new management style—we simply want to offer you the resources, knowledge, and tools to confidently manage your land. The meetings will be held from 1:00-2:30PM CT on Zoom, a virtual meeting platform. Participation in all four meetings is required for registration:

Black Hawk County Learning Series
July 2 | July 23 | Aug 13 | Aug 20

To ensure a high-quality experience, we are capping participation at 20 per learning series, offered on a first-come first-served basis! Please reserve your spot by registering by 8PM Tuesday, June 30th at Zoom access information will be sent within the registration confirmation email. For any questions or additional information, contact Moselle at 563-223-3141 or We hope you can join us!

Please note: This learning series is also offered in Polk County in partnership with Polk Soil and Water Conservation District from 1:00-2:30PM CT on the following dates:

Polk County Learning Series
July 1 | July 22 | Aug 12 | Aug 19

This program is funded in part by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The USDA is an Equal Opportunity Provider, Employer, Lender. If you need special accommodation to participate, please contact Moselle using the information above.

About Black Hawk SWCD

Black Hawk Soil and Water Conservation District has been promoting conservation of natural resources to the residents of Black Hawk County, Iowa since 1945. Cost-share and other incentive-based programs have been a cornerstone of the District’s long-standing success. With the evolution of urban conservation from our agricultural roots, we now have a watershed-based project related to urban watershed management and are developing programs to directly address stormwater management concerns in developing areas and surrounding cities in Black Hawk County. It is our vision to bring local jurisdictions together to address storm water concerns, using similar approaches, consistent and coordinated drainage data, and collaboration through a central storm water committee for the county.