Partnership with IDNR Spreads the Word about Pollinators

FarmerChrisTourThanks to scholarships from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ REAP program, 15 women who own or farm land in Iowa had a chance to learn more about pollinator habitat at the 2015 WFAN annual conference. REAP (Resource Enhancement and Protection) provided $200 scholarships to women who qualified through an application process, and were willing to attend pollinator-related sessions and spread their knowledge among friends and colleagues back home.

Conference sessions included a half-day pollinator intensive on Friday, Nov. 6, and one of several one-hour sessions available the next day. The conference was held at the Radisson Quad City Plaza in Davenport, IA, and included field tours, local foods, a play and nine workshops. Browse resources from the conference at this link.

Scholarship recipients completed a post-conference survey, where we asked them to tell us one thing that stood out for them among the things they learned.

“The amazing things that I learned about native pollinators,” said one, “and how some very simple things can be done on my farm to enhance their numbers.”

Another recipient said, “The WFAN conference was such a great experience for me. I forged many new connections and relationships. I was able to network with many inspiring and talented women with whom I will stay connected with as mentors, as friends, as business connections.”

Most of the recipients said they probably wouldn’t have been able to attend the conference without their scholarship support.

To learn more about the REAP program, visit them online.

REAP logo

Make plans now to attend the 2016 WFAN conference, Nov. 4 – 5 at the Lied Lodge and Conference Center in Nebraska City, NE! Our focus this year will be on permaculture.

Conference, NewsWFAN