Opportunities for Women Farmers

The Center for Rural Affairs works to support women who are aspiring, beginning and already farming through a variety of program partnerships, workshops and resources.

The Center, along with a small group of women farmer leaders, has co-led a series of Women Farmer Learning Circles on sustainable farming in a changing climate. Participating women are considered the "experts" on their own production, farmland and conservation needs, and are encouraged to speak about their own experiences and goals rather than passively listen to a professional in a traditional lecture format. This format builds knowledge, confidence and community around topics the group is most interested in exploring.

Women, Food, and Agriculture Network has partnered with the Center to bring Women Caring for the Land workshops to Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota. These workshops help women farmers and non-operator landowners who are interested in learning more about conservation. The program is successful, popular, and in increasing demand among both women landowners and agency partners such as the National Resources Conservation Service and Natural Resource Districts.

Additional resources:

Watch the Drake Agricultural Law Center video, Women Landowners: Land Management and Conservation Conversations below.

For more information, contact Sandra Renner, sandrar@cfra.org.