More women than ever are in control of the farmland in Iowa.
According to ISU Extension and Outreach Farm and Agribusiness Management Specialist Melissa O’Rourke, nearly half of all Iowa farmland is now owned by women, and almost 55% of the farmland leased in the state is owned by women.
O’Rourke says it’s evidence of how the role of women in agriculture has changed and serves as the focus for the “Women Managing Farmland” conference this week in Charles City.
O’Rourke says conference topics include farmland leases, land stewardship and farm transitions, while offering a great networking opportunity from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Floyd County Museum.
O’Rourke adds that the session also includes a lunch, all free as part of a three-year USDA grant of $300,000 to help ISU Extension identify and study issues related to women in agriculture.
Pre-registration is required by Monday, January 10th with the Floyd County Extension Office in Charles City.
Women Managing Farmland: Today and Tomorrow
Wednesday, January 12, 2022
Floyd County Museum 500 Gilbert St.; Charles City 11am-1:30pm (Light Lunch included)
This gathering of women farmland owners will provide networking opportunities and resources to manage farmland, set goals, and plan for the future.
Topics will Include:
⇒ Farmland Leases—Legal Basics
⇒ Land Stewardship—Conservation Strategies
⇒ Farm Transitions—the Future & Family
⇒ Networking with Women Landowners
⇒ Planning & Next Steps
Pre-Registration required by January 10
Floyd County Extension
112 N. Main St.
Charles City, IA 50616
This institution is an equal opportunity provider. For the full non-discrimination statement or accommodation inquiries, go to www.extension.iastate.edu/diversity/ext.