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Agronomy in the Field online meetings will continue this fall and winter.

October 17, 2018

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TUNE-IN: ISU’s Agronomy in the Field online sessions will start Oct. 30 and run monthly through March.

Women landowners, farmers and ag retailers this fall and winter can learn more about agronomy and related ag topics through distance-learning sessions. The Agronomy in the Field program is offered specifically for women by Iowa State University Extension.

Agronomy in the Field is in its fourth year and has been offered in the past at several locations across Iowa. Goals are to strengthen agronomic skills for women that allow for better decision-making, provide a better understanding of inputs for crop production, see and understand different conservation practices, and increase confidence in communication with their spouse, farming partner, ag retailer or tenant.

Programs are hosted by ISU Extension field agronomists Angie Rieck-Hinz, Meaghan Anderson and Rebecca Vittetoe. Distance-learning classroom sessions of Agronomy in the Field will be offered monthly from October through March. Sessions will start at 6 p.m. and typically last until 7:30 p.m.

These sessions are provided through a web-conferencing program, so women can join online from the comfort of their own home or office.

“It can be hard to travel in the fall and winter months with the harvest season and weather challenges, so hopefully using web-conferencing technology will allow women across the state to still be a part of the program, even if they are unable to physically be in the same location,” Rieck-Hinz says.  

Sessions scheduled
All sessions are recorded and archived so women can access them at a time convenient for them if they can’t join the live sessions. The sessions offered this fall and winter are:

• Oct. 30. Seed and trait selection

• Nov. 20. Progress on the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy and edge-of-field practices

• Jan. 29. Recognizing and managing farm family stress

• Feb. 12. Energy and perennial crops in Iowa

• March 26. The nitrogen cycle, nitrogen sources, application methods and timing

Any interested women landowners, farmers and service providers who would like to participate in upcoming sessions should contact Rieck-Hinz at 515-231-2830 or [email protected]; Anderson at 319-331-0058 or [email protected]; or Vittetoe at 319-653-4811 or [email protected],  so access can be provided for web-conferencing and resource materials.

Boots in the Barn Nov. 19 in Dyersville
ISU Extension is also offering Boots in the Barn, a meeting designed for women dairy and beef producers. It will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 19 at the community room of Commercial Club Park in Dyersville.

Larry Tranel, ISU Extension dairy specialist, will lead the program focusing on family communication. The meeting will also provide opportunities to learn more about attendees’ own personality as well as others, and how it relates to working with both family and non-family members on dairy and beef operations.

You can register onlineThere’s no fee for this program, which is sponsored by a Professional Dairy Producers Foundation education grant.

Source: Iowa State University


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