Women who own or manage farmland in and around Boone County in central Iowa are invited to participate in a free conservation discussion focused on soil health, including a field tour. The meeting will be held on Monday, March 31, 2014 at the Iowa Arboretum, 1875 Peach Avenue, Madrid, IA.

The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided, and during an afternoon field tour participants will travel to a nearby farm to watch a demonstration of soil testing. The tests will measure for soil structure and stability and infiltration. We will walk a short distance into a field, so wear or bring appropriate clothing and footwear. We will return to the Arboretum for dessert and wrap-up, and end the meeting by 3 p.m.

In order for us to have the right amount of food available, please RSVP by 4 p.m. Thursday, March 27th, to Pamela Schwartz at the NRCS office,515-964-1883, Ext. 3, or email her at pamela.schwartz@ia.nacdnet.net. For more information about this program, visitwww.womencaringfortheland.org or call Carol Schutte, WFAN program assistant, at 641-430-2540.

This meeting is sponsored by WFAN and the Big Creek Watershed Project, with funding from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s Division of Soil Conservation.

Learn more at www.wfan.org, or by calling515-460-2477.