A Highlight of Two Spring WLL Events

By Women, Land & Legacy Coordinator Wren Almitra

Women, Land & Legacy (WLL) is providing opportunities all throughout Iowa for agricultural women. Since 2016 our teams have provided over 60 events just for women on relevant topics to their day-to-day lives. As more counties join Women, Land & Legacy, more and more of these opportunities will be available. In addition to sharing what events are coming up when, we also like let you know some of the highlights of events past. Below are two re-caps of some exciting ones that happened this spring. Continue reading

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USDA Diversity Day Highlights Women Ag. Outreach Groups, Recognizes Emmet/Palo Alto Women, Land & Legacy

By Women, Land & Legacy Coordinator Wren Almitra

In March I presented at the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) annual Diversity Day meeting, which this year highlighted women’s agricultural outreach groups (March was also Women’s History Month). Speaking to nearly 800 NRCS employees, my goal was to emphasize the immense positive impact Women, Land & Legacy and WFAN programs are having on Iowa’s women and, in effect, Iowa farmland. I also helped celebrate one of our Women, Land & Legacy teams receiving an award for their excellence in outreach to women in their area. Continue reading

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Upcoming Women, Land & Legacy Events

Looking for some great events to attend this summer? Women, Land & Legacy has many awesome opportunities for women in agriculture all across the state! Don’t see your county listed? Check out our map and list of participating counties here. Want to see Women, Land & Legacy in your county? Contact us to learn more! 

Des Moines/Louisa WLL – High Tunnel Field Tourdes moines county
June 4th, West Burlington
Des Moines/Louisa Women, Land & Legacy will partner with NRCS and ISU Extension for a high tunnel field tour from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at The Homestead 1839, 703 W. Agency in West Burlington. For more details contact Drew, 319-753-6221 or Morgan, 319-671-7165.

SW WLL  – Food, Fun & Fruit Treesfremont county
June 7th, Shenandoah
The SW Women, Land & Legacy team (Fremont, Mills, Montgomery, Page counties) will host a dinner at The Sanctuary and a tour of Earl May nursery. RSVP by June 1st: 712-374-2351 or 712-542-5171. More at www.facebook.com/womenlandandlegacywgg/.

Mahaska/Marion WLL – Why I Farmmarion county.png
June 18th, Pella
Mahaska/Marion Women, Land & Legacy will hold an event, “Why I Farm,” at Central College in Pella. 6:30-8:00, doors open at 6:00 p.m. Listen to Natalina Sents talk about her road trip across the U.S. documenting farm stories and traditions. RSVP by calling Wendi, 641-673-3476, x2 or e-mail wendi.denham@ia.usda.gov. Free with refreshments provided.

Tama WLL – Adolphs Produce Tourtama county
June 19th, Traer
Join Tama WLL for a summer garden tour at Adolphs Produce, 2919 140th St. in Traer. Dessert and registration will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the event starting at 7:00 p.m. Ken and Carolyn Adolph have a diversified farming operation of fruit, vegetables, flowers and more and have been farming for 38 years. RSVP by June 18th by calling/e-mailing Mel Bro, 641-484-2702 x305 or melody.bro@ia.nacdnet.net.

Iowa WLL – Iowa Women Landowner’s Conferenceiowa county
June 21st, Brooklyn
Join Iowa County Women, Land & Legacy for their 6th annual IA Women’s Landowners Conference. ISU president Wendy Wintersteen will be the keynote speaker. Topics covered will include the 2018 tax law changes, estate planning, and more. 7:30 – 3:30 at Michael J. Manatt Community Center in Brookly. RSVP by June 15th at www.iowalandsales.com or lgahring@iastate.edu. $30 fee includes all meals and materials.

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June 22nd, Pocahontas
Buena Vista/Pocahontas Women, Land & Legacy will host ISU beef specialist Beth Doran at Pocahontas ISU Extension & Outreach, 305 N. Main St., Pocahontas. RSVP 712-335-3103 or hfrerk@iastate.edu.

Dubuque WLL – Perfect Storm Brewing in Farm Transitioningdubuque county
June 26th, Farley
Dubuque Women, Land & Legacy will feature Steven Bohr presenting “Perfect Storm Brewing in Farm Transitioning” from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the Farley Memorial Hall in Farley. Steve has 25 years in the financial services field and founded Farm Financial Strategies, a program to offer strategies to preserve the family farm. RSVP at 563-876-3418 x3 and ask for Colleen or Stacy or e-mail colleen.siefken@ia.nacdnet.net.

Calhoun WLL – Operating After Loss and Cash Rent calhoun county
July 19th, Lake City
Calhoun Women Land and Legacy will hold an event on July 19th at 5:45 pm in Lake City, at the Lake City Library. Michele Maguire Beck will be speaking about how her life has changed after losing her husband at a young age. She has continued to manage their large cattle herd in southern Iowa even though she was born and raised a town girl. United Bank of Iowa will also be presenting on “Cash Rent: What Side of the Fence are You on?” They will speak on how different perspectives of cash rent can effect what the actual price is that works for you. RSVP to Mary Roberts at 712-297-7528 by July 13th.

Clayton WLL – Winery Tour and Wine Tastingclayton county.png
August 27th, Guttenberg
Clayton Women, Land & Legacy will have a tour, tasting and gathering at Promiseland Winery near Guttenberg. Two tours: 5:30 and 6:00 p.m., doors open at 5:00 p.m. More details to come!

Buchanan WLL – Listening Sessionsbuchanan county
August 28th, Independence
Join the Buchanan Women, Land & Legacy team as they kick-off with their first event, two Listening Sessions. These sessions are an opportunity for women landowners, producers and others who care about the land to share their connections, interests and needs. Educational events will follow in the coming years based on the information shared by the participants at the Listening Sessions. This is a unique opportunity for you to connect and engage with other women in agriculture in Buchanan County and have a say in what programs are provided in the future.

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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

Archived newsletters can be found here.

Thanks for reading!

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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.

List session

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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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