Des Moines Hosts Women in Agriculture Conference

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By Rachel Begle

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The National Conference for Women in Sustainable Agriculture is in Des Moines beginning Wednesday with field trips including stops at an organic farm, a dairy, wineries, and the national wildlife refuge in Prairie City.

The conference is sponsored by Ames-based Women Food & Ag Network, a group formed in 1997 to help women farmers and landowners share information to support local food systems and environmentally friendly practices.

Workshops and panel discussions will be held on dozens of topics through Friday ranging from soil health to farm bill advocacy.

Organizers say this is the first year the conference has been held in the Midwest.

Keynote speakers include Danielle Nierenberg, an expert on sustainable agriculture and food issues and Kari Hamerschlag, an expert in locally grown and organic food.

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