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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-577-9056.
If you haven’t seen this book, put it on your list! Women 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.
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.
2017 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.
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.
On September 27th the Women, Land & Legacy team of Madison Co. hosted a Movie Night showing “FarmHer: The Documentary” at Covered Bridges Winery. 23 women were in attendance and it was a good mix of new and familiar faces from different parts of Madison Co.
In addition to the film showing, the evening included background on Madison Women, Land & Legacy and upcoming events for women landowners and farmers, group introductions with women sharing where they’re from and why they attended the event, and an informal presentation by Jean Fifo and Rose Boyle, co-owners of Covered Bridges Winery. The evening ended with a few group questions including, “Do you think agriculture poses more challenges to women? If so, in what ways? And how has that changed over the years?”. Stay tuned to the Madison WLL Facebook page for more events in 2018!
October 29th the Iowa County WLL team hosted their 4th and final event for 2017 – an appreciation for the “Women of Harvest”. Over 40 people gathered at Fireside Winery in Marengo to enjoy an afternoon of networking and fellowship. The women drank wine, enjoyed appetizers, live music and participated in wine glass painting led by instructor, Kimberly Fuller with Twisted Hurricane Studio.
The goal was to create a networking opportunity for women, while highlighting their important role on the farm. Many of the women who participated spend countless hours in wagons, combines, trucks, making and delivering meals and running errands during harvest. The Iowa Co. Women, Land & Legacy team wanted to recognize the hard work that agricultural women do in the community.
The latest Women, Land & Legacy newsletter is here and it has a new look! Read about how WLL empowers women through conversation, learn about upcoming WLL events and also conferences by other women in ag groups, and learn about CRP, the Conservation Reserve Program! Read more here.
As one of many women in ag. programs in Iowa, we like to highlight what’s going on in the state through other groups and organizations. Below is information on fall conferences by the Women, Food & Ag. Network, FarmHer, and ISU Extension & Outreach Women in Ag.
LaDonna Redmond will be the keynote at the annual WFAN conference.