Activities

February Workshops

If any of the workshops below look of interest to you, please click on the Eventbrite link for that specific workshop!

Hunters and Your Land – February 14, 2023

Landownership and hunting rights are confusing, but I have a guest who can help sort out some of the myths for land in Iowa. Jennifer Lancaster is a retired Iowa Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Supervisor who has 30 years of field experience, and we’ll have a conversation that includes conservation in written leases, posting land, and more. Your questions will support the conversation we have! Open for women and men – think siblings and spouses co-managing land! Learn more and register on Eventbrite.

Habitat Management for Mysterious Wildlife – February 15, 2023

Have you ever wondered how you can manage your land to welcome wildlife other than deer or pheasants? It’s fun to manage for amphibians, bats, reptiles, and small mammals you might not know you have – an Antiques Roadshow-type of moment! Dr. Rebecca Christoffel will share specific habitat management techniques that can be used to manage wildlife that’s behind the scenes and a sign your land is above average! Open for women and men – think siblings and spouses co-managing land! Learn more and register on Eventbrite.

Land Transition for Women: sales, gifting, inheritance, taxes, family – February 16, 2023

Passing land forward to the future has a lot of moving parts and figuring out where to begin and how to move forward can be really confusing. There are so many tax considerations, business decisions, and family concerns that it can often be difficult to know where to start. Get some direction from a tax professional, Carolyn Van Meter, an International Farm Transition Network (IFTN) Coordinator who has years of experience with Estates and Trusts. She enjoys helping people run the numbers and listening to each unique story. Your questions will shape the discussion we have together. Open for women and men – think siblings and spouses co-managing land! Learn more and register on Eventbrite.

Understanding Soil Testing for Landowners – February 17, 2023

Most soil testing hasn’t changed in 60 years, but there’s a newer, widely available test – the Haney Test - to see if your soil is as good as it can be. Carolyn King, Chief Agronomist for Continuum Ag will highlight aspects of the Haney Test looking at real data. I talk to a lot of landowners who don’t know how degraded their soil has become after 40 years of row cropping. This is doable, and understandable even if you aren’t the farmer. Open for women and men – think siblings and spouses co-managing land! Learn more and register on Eventbrite.

 

Coaching

Conversations in Farming for Landowners - Do you sometimes just want to talk about farming with another landowner? I offer conversation time per hour to help you navigate getting conservation happening, whether understanding the techniques or results or thinking through conversation strategies. This is not professional consulting for how you should manage your farm. If you need a lawyer, agronomist or certified farm manager, please choose those resources for advice! Extension Services in every state offer free or affordable help for legal, farm transitioning, and agronomic help.

I have experience with cash rent farming, working with a tenant, cover crops and strip till, and have listened to the stories of more than 3500 women landowners across many states for more than 14 years. I have worked in conservation for 44 years and on projects as diverse as forestry, prescribed fire in wildlands, urban-wildland interface for fire prevention, invasive species control, all things prairie, soil and water conservation and I know the coolest wildlife folks ever!

I can help you learn terms and acronyms, understand how conservation practices work, and help you untangle some of the government agencies, or figure out what to ask the consultants listed above. I can offer a judgment-free, confidential conversation about farming, be a sounding board, or a conversation partner interested in all things conservation to protect the land.

Reach out by email jean@eresourcesgroup.com to set up a time to talk, or a free 10-minute conversation before you commit.

I will be launching working groups of landowners who are ready to start taking steps forward towards goals that are right for them and their land. One working group will be exploring how landowners can invest in newer soil testing technology to help with better conversations with their farmers. Another working group will be focused on more diverse goals for water, wildlife, erosion control, crop rotations guided by participant needs and interests. If you are interested in receiving notices about these working groups, please send an email to jean@eresourcesgroup.com

 

Working Groups

Protecting Your Land Working Group – Grow with a small group of women taking action to address soil erosion and water quality, add cover crops and change tillage, add perennials for pollinators and wildlife, implement new technology soil testing, and more. This facilitated series will support you in changing your land to be productive in an uncertain climate future and leave a healthy land legacy. Appropriate for women who rent their land and have some beginning steps in mind.

Next Level Soil Testing Working Group – The world of soil testing is not just for farmers, and you can initiate soil testing yourself, get help interpreting results and set goals with and for your farmer. Join a small group of women exploring the next generation of soil tests that measure microbial activity and diversity and transforming the conversations with their farmers. This facilitated series is appropriate for women starting from scratch or who are already on a path towards soil health.

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