Iowa Learning Farms Webinar: Involving Women Landowners in Conservation

Wendong Zhang.AMES, Iowa – The Iowa Learning Farms conservation webinar, taking place December 7 at 12 p.m. CST, will feature Wendong Zhang, Assistant Professor, Dyson School of Applied Economics, Cornell University. Zhang conducts research and extension programs related to the US farmland market, agricultural water quality initiatives, and Chinese agricultural practices. His survey of women landowners in Iowa provides numerous insights into the priorities of conservation practice for a group that owns nearly half of Iowa’s farmland.

Iowa Learning Farms is a conservation and water quality education program of the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

In the webinar, What Women Landowners Want to Know about Conservation, Zhang will use responses to a 2021 survey to illustrate what conservation issues are important to owners, operators, and absentee landowners. He will also share findings regarding preferences for how, where and when educational programs on conservation issues are received. In addition, Zhang will discuss the under-representation and under-participation of women landowners in extension programming and agricultural data collection, and the impact the absence of this influential group can have on the implementation of conservation practices.

“We found that different approaches to outreach and education of landowners are necessary to meet needs and preferences, which depend somewhat on age and whether or not a landowner runs the farm,” Zhang said. “For all landowners, and women landowners in particular, our survey results indicate that the best approach is a mixed mode that includes newsletters, e-newsletters, webinars, and face-to-face educational meetings offered at different times.”

Participants are encouraged to ask questions to the speakers. People of all backgrounds and areas of interest are encouraged to join.

Instructions for accessing the webinar

To join the live webinar, just before noon CST December 7th:

The webinar will also be recorded and archived. All archived webinars are available on the ILF website for viewing at any time.

A CPD session approved by the Certified Crop Adviser Board has been applied for. Those who attend the live webinar are eligible. Information on how to apply for the CEU will be provided at the end of the live webinar.

Upcoming webinars in the series

  • December 14: Lisa Schulte Moore, Iowa State University.
  • December 21: Etienne Herrick, University of Michigan.
  • January 4, 2023: Keith Schilling, University of Iowa.
  • January 11, 2023: Joe Otto, Soil and Water Conservation Society.