Posts tagged women's leadership
Women, Land and Legacy State Team Member Recognized for USDA Outreach Work

On April 9th Women, Land & Legacy State Team member Wendi Denham was awarded the USDA Equal Employment Opportunity/Civil Rights Individual Achievement Award during the Diversity Day presentation in April. According to State FSA Executive Director Amanda De Jong USDA agencies look for employees that have conducted activities, such as cultural awareness, outreach to the underserved and civil rights participation.

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USDA Diversity Day Highlights Women Ag. Outreach Groups, Recognizes Emmet/Palo Alto Women, Land & Legacy

In March I presented at the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) annual Diversity Day meeting, which this year highlighted women’s agricultural outreach groups (March was also Women’s History Month). Speaking to nearly 800 NRCS employees, my goal was to emphasize the immense positive impact Women, Land & Legacy and WFAN programs are having on Iowa’s women and, in effect, Iowa farmland.

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2018 WFAN Annual Conference Registration Open

The 2018 WFAN Annual Conference will be held Nov. 2 - 3 in Des Moines, IA, at the Holiday Inn Downtown. This year's conference theme is Stepping Into Action: Changing Foodscapes through Individual and Community Power. Our keynote speaker is returning generation farmer Aleya Fraser. She has been farming for the last 5 years on the ancestral lands of Harriet Tubman on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

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Tina Bakehouse Builds Community Through Storytelling, Farming

For some, it might seem like moving to a rural community would mean the end of a career in arts and teaching, but that has not been the case for Tina. In fact, the farm has opened up many opportunities to create and expand her skills. After teaching high school and college for almost twenty years, she started a new career in the fall of 2017 at Golden Hills Resource Conservation and Development as an Outreach and Communication Coordinator.

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National Farmers Union: How will you advance women leaders?

This January I was fortunate to get a break from the cold Iowa winter and spend three days in San Diego with approximately 90 women at the National Farmers Union Women’s Conference. This conference was particularly exciting because NFU decided to make women’s leadership and Plate to Politics a focus of the conference. Liz Johnson, our collaborator from VoteRunLead was the keynote speaker.

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Plate to Politics Presence at Run As You Are National Training Fosters Connections Between Rural Women

All across the country, women are leading in their communities. After the last presidential election, many women decided to take their leadership skills to a new place: Public office. I was lucky to spend the weekend of November 17-19 at VoteRunLead's Run As You Are National Training in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with over 200 women from 33 states, for a weekend of skills-based leadership training, networking, and inspirational stories.

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