Women Caring For The Land: Free Conservation Discussion

Women who own or manage farmland in Coles and Douglas counties are invited to participate in a free discussion with professionals about conservation, marketing and farm business management in Mattoon on Nov. 7. The program is called Women Caring for the Land.

Women Caring for the Land offers a peer-to-peer, informal discussion format to allow women landowners to talk about their individual land stewardship goals. The discussion is facilitated by women conservationists who will share resources available such as USDA cost-share programs and other tools. Staff will be present from the sponsoring organizations, as well as USDA NRCS, the Soil and Water Conservation Districts and the county Farm Bureaus. Diana Ropp, Bates Commodities, will also be on hand to talk about the commodity/risk management/farm business side of farming.

A free lunch and refreshments will be provided. Come prepared to discuss any questions or concerns you might have about your farmland in this women-only meeting.

Space is limited for this unique opportunity so please RSVP by 5:00 p.m. Friday, November 1 to Teresa Bullock, American Farmland Trust, by emailing her at tbullock@niu.edu or calling (815-753-6365).


  • Thursday, November 7, 2013
  • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Lumpkin Family Center for Health Education, 1000 Health Center Drive, Mattoon, IL