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 women farmer leaders, has co-led a series of women farmer learning circles on sustainable farming in a changing climate and conservation in several Nebraska locations. Since the late 1970s, the Center has led learning circles where participants 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. The learning circle format builds knowledge, confidence and community around topics the group is most interested in exploring.

Frequently, 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 Natural Resource Conservation Service and Natural Resource Districts.

New workshops are forming often, visit our events page to stay up to date.

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