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Women in Conservation to Launch of Statewide Network
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 10/15/2021

A coalition of agriculture and conservation organizations has announced the launch of a Wisconsin Women in Conservation Educator Network. The concept will be introduced during a virtual kick-off meeting on October 28 with the goal of equipping conservation educators, professionals and volunteers who work with women landowners and farmers across the state with resources to help their constituents.

The session will begin on October 28 from 10:00 a.m. until noon on Zoom, and will include both a statewide convening and breakouts in regional groups.

The network is being facilitated by the Wisconsin Women in Conservation project (WiWiC), a state-wide collaborative effort led by the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute in partnership with Wisconsin Farmers Union, Renewing the Countryside, E Resources Group and the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) with support from the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

"The goal of this inclusive new network is to for the first time connect these educators on a regular basis to collaboratively share challenges and best practices when it comes to reaching women landowners," said Dr. Esther Shekinah, WiWiC Project Lead, and a Research Agronomist with the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute. "This launch is just the start. WiWiC will facilitate bi-annual meet-ups like this, as well as regional annual summits."

All conservation educators are invited to participate, both men and women, from agency staff to non-profit volunteers. Pre-registration is required at www.WiWiC.org


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