Hometown Farmer: Women Caring for the Land Workshop

There was a lot of farm talk going on Monday at the St. James Marketplace outside of Wynot, Nebraska.There were some pretty strict rules, though.No men allowed.That's because the meeting was all about empowering women who own land."I either had to move there and fix it up, or sell it," said Phyllis McCain. "It was getting in bad shape."McCain owns a family farm by Norfolk.She was one of eight women at the "Women Caring for the Land" workshop, organized by the Center for Rural Affairs.All of those eight women inside were landowners learning how to manage farms, learning conservation practices, all good information whether they're planning to grow crops on their land or not."One of the first things I did was seed it all down to grass," said McCain. "Having the wildlife is more important to me than probably making a bit more money renting it out row crop. That was rough going, I had no income off of it for four years."Phyllis raises hay now.She doesn't grow row crops on her land, but workshops like this one help women who do.It gives them the power to confidently answer an important question."How do I talk to my tenant about the farming practices that I want implemented on my land?" said Virginia Meyer, with the Center for Rural Affairs."It gives me the courage to be a woman in a man's field and to stick up for myself and say 'no this is my farm, I'm the boss here,'" said McCain.If you want to know more about the "Women Caring for the Land" group, go here: http://womencaringfortheland.org/If you want to know more about the "Center fur Rural Affairs," click here: http://www.cfra.org/If you know of a farmer you'd like to see featured on "Proud to be a Hometown Farmer," please email Jake at: jheller@siouxlandnews.com
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