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Women Farmers

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.

More than 50 percent of farmland in the U.S. is owned or co-owned by women. The Center has designed workshops and learning circles specifically for women non-operator farmland owners to assist them with connecting to resources that aren't reaching them. Whether the farmland was recently inherited, owned for years in a trust, or the land is going through a transition, these opportunities for women to connect with programs, resources, and one another have been considered very valuable to the women we serve as they face a variety of decisions and often rely on the advice of others.

Frequently, Women, Food, and Agriculture Network has also 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 and popular among both women landowners and agency partners such as the Natural Resource Conservation Service and Natural Resource Districts.

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