Across the nation, women are playing an increasingly critical role in determining the future of our farmland.
In the next two decades, approximately 240 million acres of U.S. farmland are likely to change owners, with much of it transferred to women. By 2030, it's estimated that women may own 75 percent of transferred farmland.
While women increasingly are becoming the primary farm decision-makers, American Farmland Trust's research shows that they are under-represented in conservation programs.
AFT's national Women for the Land initiative is addressing this assistance gap with a proven model specifically designed to meet the unique challenges of women farmers and landowners.
In the Mid-Atlantic, American Farmland Trust has organized “Learning Circles” for the last several years in Maryland and Virginia.