A number of programs and grants help women farmers get their start. Those going the organic or sustainable agriculture route can look to the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service for a one-stop listing of federal grants, loans and cost shares for women, as well as locally directed initiatives that offer classes, training, and research or steward sponsorship.
Wisconsin-specific grants are offered through the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection with its Agriculture Development and Diversification grant program; Buy Local Wisconsin; and the Wisconsin Producers First grant program.
In Her Boots is a workshop series for women, hosted by the MOSES Rural Women's Project, and Women Caring for the Land is a peer-to-peer conservation education program for women farmers. The Wisconsin Women in Food & Agriculture Network and UW-Madison's Association of Women in Agriculture also host events and build support networks for up-and-coming women in the field.