Women Farmland Owners Share Information

Women Farmland Owners Share Information

Women who own or manage farmland, and beginning farmers who are interested in finding land to farm, are invited to two upcoming meetings. There is no cost to attend, learn and share information.

Women who own or manage farmland in Iowa, and new or beginning farmers interested in finding land to farm, are invited to participate in an informal discussion on Saturday, July 16, 2011 in McNeill Hall, Room 106 at Simpson College in Indianola in south central Iowa. A similar meeting on the same topic will be held at Emmetsburg in northwest Iowa on July 21. Both meetings are free.

Women now own or co-own nearly half the farmland in Iowa, and an increasing number of them are sole owners who rent their farmland to a tenant. As tenants age and retire, or women develop an interest in alternative forms of agriculture for their land, the opportunity arises for women landowners to help a new generation of farmers gain access to land.

Owners can help new generation of farmers gain access to land

This gathering will be an informal discussion designed to allow women landowners the opportunity to talk about what they are looking for in a tenant. It will also be a chance for new and beginning farmers to share their goals and plans with the people who could be their future landlady, or who will have the same values and ideas that their future landlady will hold. The talk will be facilitated by female experts who can share resources available such as creative conservation-oriented farm leases, and other tools.

For the Indianola meeting: All interested women are welcome, including owners, operators and inheritors of farmland, and new and beginning farmers, regardless of their degree of knowledge. A free lunch will be provided. In order for us to get an accurate meal count, please RSVP by Wednesday, July 13, by emailing Lynn Heuss at [email protected], or by calling her at (515) 201-9405.

Program begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. in McNeill Hall, Room 106, at Simpson College in Indianola. Discussion begins at 9 a.m., guided by the interests of participants. Possible topics of conversation include different types of leases with tenants and other funding opportunities for new and beginning farmers. Participants will be asked to share their vision for farms and farming.

For the Emmetsburg meeting: All interested women are welcome, including owners, operators and inheritors of farmland, and new and beginning farmers, regardless of their degree of knowledge. A free lunch will be provided. In order for us to get an accurate meal count, please RSVP by Monday, July 18, by emailing Lynn Heuss at [email protected], or call her at 515-201-9405.

The program begins with registration at 8:30 am in Bienfang Room at Iowa Lakes Community College in Emmetsburg. Discussion begins at 9 a.m., to be guided by the interests of participants. Topics of conversation can include different types of leases with tenants and other funding opportunities for new and beginning farmers. Participants will be asked to share their vision for farms and farming.

Four of these meetings will be held in Iowa each year 2011-2013

Four of these meetings will be held all across Iowa each year from 2011-2013. This project is funded by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture at USDA. These meetings are sponsored by Women, Food and Agriculture Network in partnership with Practical Farmers of Iowa.

For more information about the program, call Lynn Heuss at 515-201-9405 or email [email protected].

Hide comments

Comments

  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <blockquote> <br> <p>

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
Publish