Women: Changing the Face of AgricultureYou don’t have to look far to see women working in an ag-related field. From farm operators and agronomists, to sales representatives, advocates and dealership management, women today play an increasingly vital role in agriculture. According to the 2012 Census of Agriculture, nearly 1 million women – almost a third of our nation’s farmers – work America’s lands. These women generate $12.9 billion in annual agricultural sales. With nearly 32,167 women farmers in Iowa in 2012, the women’s agricultural workforce grew 15% from 2002, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The number of women operators in Nebraska also increased 23% to 19,851 farmers during that same time period. This translates to a $474M economic impact in Iowa and a $432M economic impact in Nebraska. Colleges across the Midwest have also experienced a spike in female interest in their agricultural programs in recent years. Enrollment at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University went up 57.4% among women between 2005 and 2015, while the University of Nebraska-Lincoln saw a 51.8% increase in its College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources during that same time period. While some of these women hope to return to the family farm with college degrees, many are finding careers stretching beyond traditional farming roles. Each of the following women have broken down the barriers and left their mark in the ever changing agricultural industry.
[Source: INEDA, 03.2016 | Keywords: Women, Agriculture, Dealership] You don’t have to look far to see women working in an ag-related field. From farm operators and agronomists, to sales representatives,… Read More »