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“Women Managing Farmland” Conference Wednesday in Charles City

More women than ever are in control of the farmland in Iowa.

According to ISU Extension and Outreach Farm and Agribusiness Management Specialist Melissa O’Rourke, nearly half of all Iowa farmland is now owned by women, and almost 55% of the farmland leased in the state is owned by women.

O’Rourke says it’s evidence of how the role of women in agriculture has changed and serves as the focus for the “Women Managing Farmland” conference this week in Charles City.

O’Rourke says conference topics include farmland leases, land stewardship and farm transitions, while offering a great networking opportunity from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Floyd County Museum.

O’Rourke adds that the session also includes a lunch, all free as part of a three-year USDA grant of $300,000 to help ISU Extension identify and study issues related to women in agriculture. 

Pre-registration is required by Monday, January 10th with the Floyd County Extension Office in Charles City.

Women Managing Farmland:  Today and Tomorrow

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Floyd County Museum 500 Gilbert St.; Charles City  11am-1:30pm (Light Lunch included)

This gathering of women farmland owners will provide  networking opportunities and resources to manage  farmland, set goals, and plan for the future.

Topics will Include:

⇒ Farmland Leases—Legal Basics 

⇒ Land Stewardship—Conservation Strategies 

⇒ Farm Transitions—the Future & Family 

⇒ Conversation 

⇒ Networking with Women Landowners 

⇒ Planning & Next Steps 

Pre-Registration required by January 10

Floyd County Extension

112 N. Main St.

Charles City, IA 50616


This institution is an equal opportunity provider. For the full non-discrimination statement or accommodation inquiries, go  to

Mark Pitz

News Director/Weekdays 10am to 2pm on 95.9 KCHA

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