BOONE, Iowa ― Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will hold a workshop Aug. 30 focused on helping women landowners discuss farmland drainage issues.

Excessive rain can create drowned out spots in fields, which can reduce productivity. Discussion often emerges on the need for drainage on these fields and how to better address these situations. How improved drainage benefits landowners, how to work with neighbors and tenants, the costs and tax implications also will be discussed.

The workshop is free and will be taught by Kapil Arora, Iowa State agricultural engineering specialist, and Kelvin Leibold, farm management specialist.

The workshop will be at the ISU Extension and Outreach Boone County office, 1327 SE Marshall St. Register by Aug. 27 at 515-432-3882, or

The program will start at 10 a.m. Lunch will be served at no cost for those who are registered.

4 win biodiesel scholarships

ST. PAUL — Four Minnesota students have scholarships sponsored by the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council and administered by the American Lung Association.

Tanner Paul of Hancock and Nickolas Tentis of Rosemont were awarded $1,000 scholarships. Anna Prchal, a recent graduate of New Prague High School, and Claire Orcutt of Mankato received $500 awards.

The students submitted essays or videos on biodiesel fuels. 

Conference for women farmers in October

ST. PAUL — The Women in Sustainable Agriculture Conference, a national conference that brings together farmers, educators, food system activists and other women in sustainable agriculture, will be held in October in St. Paul.

The conference will include workshops, demonstrations and meetings on leadership, empowerment and farm business success.

The Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) will host the conference. About 350 women are expected to attend.

The WISA Conference will be Oct. 17-19 at the InterContinental St. Paul Riverfront hotel in downtown St. Paul. Tickets are $240 for Thursday evening through Saturday, or $160 for a single day. The full agenda and ticket information are online at

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