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Women in Conservation Celebrated in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis., July 18, 2022 – Highlighting the historic stewardship of women conservation professionals and educators, in addition to the increasing prominence of women owning and managing land in Wisconsin, Governor Tony Evers has proclaimed July 18–⁠24, 2022, as Wisconsin Women in Conservation Week. For the second year in a row, Governor Evers has officially declared a week in July in observance of Wisconsin Women in Conservation.

The dedication shares its name with the state-wide group Wisconsin Women in Conservation (WiWiC), a collaborative effort led by the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute in partnership with Renewing the Countryside, Marbleseed, and Wisconsin Farmers Union. WiWiC is a three-year multi-faceted project funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), aimed to bring together Wisconsin women landowners to connect and learn about conservation practices, resources and funding opportunities.

The 2017 Ag Census reported that fifty-six percent of Wisconsin’s 64,793 farms counted in the latest survey had a female producer. Women were listed as a principal producer on 35 percent of farms, and as the primary producer, or the person who made the most decisions, on 20 percent of the state’s farms. "Women landowners and farmers are vital to the stewardship of land and water in Wisconsin. Many Wisconsin farms are owned by women looking for advice, education and assistance to make a difference on their land. Some don’t know where to start,” said Angela Biggs, NRCS Wisconsin State Conservationist. In a spotlight series by WiWiC for last year’s inaugural dedication proclamation, Biggs continued, “that’s why NRCS is partnering through the Women in Conservation Initiative, to provide outreach to this important group. One of our goals is to foster connections and relationship building with women farmers and landowners so they will feel comfortable in partnering with NRCS to gain assistance in implementing conservation on their farm and subsequently, across the landscape."

For more information about the technical and financial assistance NRCS provides to producers and landowners, visit www.wi.nrcs.usda.gov.

 

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