35 minutes | Apr 13th 2020

Season 2 Episode 9 - Support for Female Landowners and Farmers

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About 50% of the farmland in Indiana is rented. Twenty-five percent of the leased property is owned or co-owned by women.The image of a farmer has been embossed as an older male. However, more women are becoming farmland owners through family inheritance, marriage, and property purchases. Stepping into a male-dominated industry can be intimidating for some women. Organizations like American Farmland Trust (AFT) and Women for the Land (W4TL) are available to help women with any questions they may have about farming and managing their property.Often women are surrounded by men in the farming industry and don’t feel empowered to speak up. Women may feel this way talking to a male farmer or a male family member. W4TL and AFT have created robust women’s networks where women can feel at ease, share, and learn from each other.Women4theLand State Coordinator Heather Bacher and American Farmland Trust Midwest Regional Director Jen Fillipiack discuss those networks, some of the research behind their founding - and stories of empowerment to advance adoption of soil health practices
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