Cover crops, specialty crops focus of Women in Farming workshop

Cover crops, specialty crops focus of Women in Farming workshop

Building soil health, value of cover crops, production in high tunnels, tour of no-till farm all on agenda

Women who are engaged in farming will have a chance to learn more about their vocation, share stories, information and ideas with other female farmers and tour a no-till farm during the fourth "Women in Farming" workshop and farm tour at Emporia on Saturday, July 11.

The workshop, conducted by the Kansas Rural Center, will begin at 9 a.m. and run to 5 p.m. It will focus on soil health and cover crops, grazing management and specialty crop production. It will be held at the Flint Hills Technical College in Emporia with a farm tour of the Gail Fuller farm.

COVER CROPS: The value of cover crops will be part of the information at the Women in Farmiing workshop at Emporia on July 11.

The workshop will include a presentation on the importance of building soil health and the value of cover crops by Candace Thomas and Alex Miller from USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Dale Kirkham, grass and grazing specialist, will talk about Livestock and Grazing Management Practices. Eric Guenther, Farm Services Agency, will discuss loan programs and resources of special interest to women, and Dan Phelps, KRC staff member, specialty crop grower and primary’s 2014 “Growing Under Cover” publication, will present on Specialty Crop Production in High Tunnels.

In addition, materials on USDA NRCS conservation programs, and other resources on crop insurance, organic and specialty crop production practices and resources, will be available.

At 2 p.m., the workshop will move to Gail Fuller’s farm for a farm tour and presentation on carbon farming as part of a no-till cover crop system, crop rotations, and small livestock enterprises recently adopted.

Dale Kirkham will also be on hand to host a Native Prairie and Grass tour to close out the day.

Register for the workshop and farm tour.  Fees are $15/per person, to cover lunch and snacks. 

In conjunction with the Women in Farming workshop and farm tour, KRC will host an informal, pre-workshop  roundtable discussion and social hour on Friday, July 10, from 7:30 – 9:30 pm, at the Guesthouse Inn and Conference Center in Emporia, Kansas.


This will provide participants with an opportunity to share their farming stories, information, experiences, and good company with other women farmers.  Light snacks will be provided; and tea, wine and beer will be available. The roundtable is free.

The following special guests will make up the roundtable panel:
• Lucinda Stuenkel, No till cover crop and livestock farmer, Palmer
• Rhonda Janke, KSU Horticultural Department and market garden/sheep farmer, Wamego
• Judy Decker, Grassfed beef farmer, Emporia
• Lynette Miller, small livestock/specialty crop farmer, Emporia
• Mandy Kern, specialty crop & CSA farmer, Emporia
• Mary Fund, KRC Executive Director and certified organic farmer, Goff

.If you plan to stay overnight, KRC has reserved a block of rooms at the Guesthouse Inn and Conference Center for the convenience of attendees: 620-341-9199. Room rates are $59 plus tax. Continental breakfast provided. Just tell the desk that you are with the Kansas Rural Center and the women in farming workshop.

For more information, e-mail Joanna Voigt at [email protected], or call 866-579-5469.

TAGS: USDA Tillage
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