This project provided an opportunity for the
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach farm management team to work with
county program coordinators and the Iowa Women in Agriculture (IWIA) non-profit
in new ways. The focus was offering local tours to bring new programming to the IWIA and counties with a long-term commitment to educating women in agriculture. Local steering committees
designed each tour to address five risk management topics: 1) financial costs
and benefits of production practices, 2) food and family/employee safety, 3)
staying ahead of regulations, 4) storing and marketing strategies, and 5)
managing nutrients, soil erosion and water quality. The project team led
seven bus tours throughout Iowa during 2017 and 2018, serving 189 participants.
Tours included both farms and agribusinesses. Fun and interactive experiences provided memorable lessons and personal growth that led to new insights. Overall, survey respondents reported an increase in knowledge from “low’ or ‘somewhat
low’ to ‘somewhat high’ or ‘high.’ The importance of each tour topic and the
quality of presentations ranged from ‘moderate’ to ‘high.’ A majority of
respondents reported the tours met expectations and they were likely to attend future
tours. A stakeholder report was developed for each county and the IWIA.
Number of Participants: 189
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REPORTS & EVALUATIONS
There are no reports or evaluations available for this project.