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July 12, 2017

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B-8 Pike County Planter SWCD Newsletter May and June 2017 The Press-Dispatch Equipment Company 407 E. Kentucky, Holland • (812) 536-3486 20th Anniversary 1997-2017 We're celebrating our 20th Anniversary with discounts, food and fundraising! Tuesday, August 15 • Food and Refreshments • Take a photo with the life-size New Holland Survivor tractor • Buy your raffle tickets for a chance to win one of two purple "Survivor" pedal tractors 1 ticket for $5 or 6 tickets for $20. Drawing on August 19, you don't need to be present to win. • 10% off all parts • Photo albums to look through All raffle proceeds will go to New Holland will match funds raised up to $1,500 and make a donation to 10% OFF ALL PARTS all cash sales sold over the parts counter AUGUST 14-19 Lange-Fuhs CanCer Center This past June saw another first for the Pike County SWCD. Ladies gathered at the Log Ends Farm Bed and Breakfast just east of Petersburg, Indiana for the first an- nual Women's Learning Circle. This event was a hosted by the Pike and Gibson County SWCDs and was free for any women landowners or producers to attend. Started by an organi- zation called Women- 4theLand, the Women's Learning Circles are events specific tailored to the female landowner or farmer. An Iowa study found that women landowners and farmers have a strong connec- tion to conser vation and land stewardship. They are deeply committed to healthy farmland, farm families and rural communities. However, they may not be aware of existing resources that can help them. Women4theLand (W4L) is a partnership of agricultural and natural resource conser vation agencies and organiza- tions working together to provide information, networking, education and resources to Indiana women landowners and farmers. You can find the Pike County SWCD on Facebook to stay tuned to when our next Wom- en's Learning Circle will be held. Pike County SWCD hosted first Women's Learning Circle Above: Pictured are (l to r): June Ney- house, Nancy Stadler and Margie Clutter listen to Vanderburgh County NRCS District Conser vationist, Rita Becker-Forler, discuss the importance of conser vation practices – especially no-till – and how it can benefit the land with the amount of rainfall the area has seen to date. Right: Soil Health was a key topic at the Learning Circle where demonstrations were done to simulate no-till verses conventional till and why no-till is such a benefit to pro- duction land. Wabash River Float Trip slated for August 12 Relax and enjoy a float trip down the Wabash River on August 12. Your journey will begin at Harmonie State Park and ending at Dog- town Ferr y boat launch. This 10.5 mile float trip will include an educational stop and lunch at the comple- tion. Participants may bring their own equipment or rent canoes, paddles and life vests. Registration is $10. Canoes can be rented for an additional $25. SCHEDULE • Registration at 7:30 am. • Launch at 8 a.m. The trip should take 4-5 hrs. • Shuttle back to Harmonie State Park available after ever yone finishes. Re-registration ends August 4. Space is limited, so register early. Register by calling the Posey County SWCD at 812-838-4191 ext. 3 or email carrie.par- Sponsored by the Posey County Soil and Water Conser vation District and the Wabash River Heritage Corridor Commission.

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