Women, Land & Legacy News


Enjoy the latest news from Women, Land & Legacy.

In this edition:

  • March 10th Women Gaining Ground Conference 
  • Landowner Navigates Land Transition, Financial and Familial Relationships
  • Upcoming Women, Land & Legacy events across Iowa 
  • Upcoming events from partner programs Women Caring for the Land and Plate to Politics

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Partner Programs for Women in Food and Ag. Bring Even More Opportunities

Women, Land & Legacy works to connect with partner organizations and programs who are also supporting women in agriculture. Two sister programs by the Women, Food & Agriculture Network, Women Caring for the Land and Plate to Politics, are providing great opportunities for engagement in topics important to women and to network with others who have similar interests. And lucky for us, there are several upcoming events for both of these programs! NY4Women-300x281


For upcoming Women Caring for the Land Events, which cover conservation and farm transition topics for non-operator female landowners, click here. For upcoming Plate to Politics meetings, which engage women in running for political offices, click here.

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Upcoming Women, Land & Legacy Events

Check out all of the great Women, Land & Legacy events happening state-wide (for the most up to date information on all upcoming events, go to our calendar)! Interested in seeing if there’s a WLL chapter near you? Click here for a map and contact information for all of our teams across Iowa.

SW Iowa WLL Women Gaining Ground Conferencesw team one county
March 10th, Glenwood
The 4th Annual Women Gaining Ground Conference will feature a keynote speaker and breakout sessions covering a wide array of relevant topics. Join the SW WLL team of Fremont, Mills, Montgomery and Page counties for a day of education, fun, networking, and shopping. 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will be included. Stay tuned to the team’s Facebook page for more details.

Buena Vista/Pocahontas WLL – Map of My Kingdompocahontas county
March 13th, Pocahontas
Join the Buena Vista/Pocahontas team for a film showing of the play “May of My Kingdom”. 2 p.m. at the Pocahontas Extension office, 305 N. Main St., Pocahontas. RSVP’s are requested, 712-335-3103 or hfrerk@iastate.edu. More about the play here.

Tama WLL – Estate Planningtama county
March 26th, Toledo
Stay tuned for more details on a Tama Women, Land & Legacy event on Estate Planning in Toledo. You can check the team’s Facebook page for more information.

Iowa Co. WLL – Leasing 101 & Communication Strategiesiowa county
March 27th, Williamsburg
Iowa County WLL will hold a Leasing 101 and Communication Strategies Seminar at 2 p.m. at the Williamsburg Rec. Center in Williamsburg. More details to come, stay tuned to the team’s Facebook page.

Emmet/Palo Alto WLL – Coffee Hour – Crop Insuranceemmet county
March 28th, Estherville
Join the Emmet/Palo Alto WLL team for their Coffee Hour at J & J Ag. Solutions in Estherville, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. The topic will be Crop Insurance. Stay tuned to the team’s Facebook page for more details.

Benton WLL – USDA Farm Programsbenton county
April 5th, Van Horne
Join the Benton Co. WLL team for an educational event on USDA agency farm programs and how they benefit you. This event will take place at the Van Horne Community Center, 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be provided and RSVP’s are appreciated by March 27th. RSVP to Shelby Williams, shelby.williams@ia.nacdnet.net or 319-239-7798 ext. 3. More details at the Facebook event page.

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Women Gaining Ground Conference and Women, Land & Legacy’s Impact in SW Iowa

We recently interviewed our Southwest Iowa Women, Land & Legacy chapter on their upcoming annual conference, “Women Gaining Ground”, and how Women, Land & Legacy is impacting women in Fremont, Mills, Montgomery and Page counties. For more details on the March 10th conference in Glenwood, go to https://www.facebook.com/womenlandlegacywgg/ or call 712-246-8631.

This is your 4th annual Women Gaining Ground Conference. Can you tell us a bit about the history of the conference, why you’ve decided to do it initially and how it’s grown/evolved over the past four years?

Our planning committee was really enjoying the process of hosting small IMG_4421workshops several times a year, usually on weeknights.  As we considered ways that we could have greater impact, and more fun, we thought a one-day conference would achieve those objectives.  A Saturday is typically better for attendees, and this format allows us to explore a wider variety of topics so there is guaranteed to be something that everyone enjoys.  It has also paved the way for Women, Land and Legacy of Southwest Iowa to build new partnerships with presenters, sponsors, vendors, and attendees. Continue reading

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WLL News is Ready for Reading!


We say goodbye to 2017 with our last newsletter of the year, highlighting a year of great outreach events, winter 2018 events to come, and a new book featuring Iowa women farmers! Also, do you rent land to a tenant farmer? Your input is needed! Read more.


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Setting rental rates: we want to hear from you!

How do you set your rental rates? This is one of the most common questions women landowners want to know from peer landowners. Related questions we hear are how can you be sure you’re not squeezing your tenant for a high rent they can’t support? How do you know you’re not getting shorted for the price you could be getting? Who do you turn to for advice?

If you have an answer, a resource you recommend, or other ideas please share with us! Contact Ash Bruxvoort directly, ash@wfan.org or 218-503-1137.

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New Book “Women and the Land” Highlights Iowa Women Farmers

If you haven’t seen this book, put it on your list! WATL-To-Use-WebWomen and the Land highlights 26 women farmers in Iowa with different operations who are all passionate about being good stewards of the land.

Inspired by a USDA statistic of women owning half of farmland in Iowa, the author and photographer embarked on a 5 year project to interview women farmers and landowners. The book is yet another important resource showing what we already know–that women are a positive force for food, agriculture and land conservation.

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Upcoming Events

Check out some great upcoming events to kick-off 2018 with! Most of these are with partner organizations and other women agriculture groups.

January 9th: The first planned Women, Land & Legacy event for 2018 will be an all-day workshop on January 9th in Emmetsburg entitled “Evaluating Your Estate Plan”, co-hosted by the Emmet/Palo Alto WLL team and ISU Extension & Outreach. More details on the event flyer.

January 19th and 20th: Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI) will host their annual farming conference in Ames. This is a great opportunity to meet and learn from other farmers and see what research PFI is doing that could benefit your farming operation. More at the conference website.

January 26th and 27th: Women in Denim is an annual conference with a variety of workshop topics for women landowners and farmers. More details at the conference website.

February 3rd: An upcoming Annie’s Project course, Women Planning Ag Businesses, is for women interested in exploring, starting or expanding a farm or agriculture-related business. Women Planning Ag Businesses will provide a step-by- step process for developing business plans for local foods, agritourism, family farm expansion or redirection, and more. This course includes four classroom sessions plus one tour. More details at the event website.

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Women, Land & Legacy Rocks Another Great Year of Outreach

pepper hallow2017 marked another exciting and informative year for women engaged with Women, Land & Legacy (WLL) and other programs supporting women landowners and farmers in Iowa. Our local WLL teams reached over 900 individuals through nearly 30 events state-wide. Four new counties, Emmet, Palo Alto, Mahaska and Marion joined the program and new counties started the process to join in 2018.

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Estate and Farm Transition Planning Hot Topic at WLL Events

Our Women, Land & Legacy (WLL) teams have been busy providing education and networking opportunities on a range of topics this year. One topic that we consistently see as a priority in counties is estate and land transition planning. Reflecting growing state-wide and national concerns about preserving farmland and ag. businesses while maintaining family unity and providing for future generations, teams are bringing in experts to help individuals in their counties understand the steps they should take to make the most sound decisions with the future of their land and businesses in mind.

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