Choosing Your CRP Journey Helps Women Landowners Navigate Programs

WFAN’s Women Caring for the Land program recently completed a new brochure for women landowners called “Choosing Your CRP Journey.”

“Many women landowners have strong conservation values, but they aren’t participating in conservation programs in the numbers that they should,” said Carol Schutte, WFAN’s Women Caring for the Land coordinator. “By creating a brochure specific to women landowners the Women Caring for the Land program hopes to increase the knowledge and awareness of CRP among women landowners.”

Download and read the brochure here.

Brochure Provides Information Through Storytelling

The brochure follows the journeys of two women landowners with different CRP goals and experiences. The brochure utilizes the paths of these two women to answer questions about what CRP programs are available, how to know if land is eligible, how much money landowners might earn, benefits of programs, and debunks common myths about CRP.

“There are a lot of lady landowners that aren’t aware of the programs that are available to them,” said Shelly Berry, State Conservation Specialist for the Missouri State Farm Service Agency (FSA). “FSA strives to get information to all landowners but if we don’t know they own the land we might miss them.”

Getting Started with CRP

Berry encourages women landowners to utilize the “Choosing Your CRP Journey” brochure to guide their thinking about the goals they have for their land. When the landowner is ready to know more Berry says she should visit the FSA office in her county.

“It doesn’t require an appointment. Sit down with local staff and talk about what your goal is. There are some practices that are more wildlife friendly, for example, and the staff can steer them towards the right practices for their goals.”

She said if the landowner has never been to an FSA office they need a copy of their deed. FSA staff will register the farm under their name and assign them a farm number. If a couple owns the land, either partner can come in as long as both of their names are on the deed.

“Getting started is as simple as a conversation and the journey can be uniquely yours,” said Jean Eells, owner of E Resources Group and Women Caring for the Land collaborator.

Thanks to USDA Farm Service Agencies for supporting this project and the Women Caring for the Land program.