Women in Agriculture

Woman with plow and horses (Copyright IStock).Women fill many roles in agriculture. They are farmers and farm workers, ranchers, agricultural researchers, educators and agri-business people.

U.S. Department of Agriculture.

This USDA series of factsheets detail "the impact women have on agriculture in each state and across the country." USDA established a women in ag mentoring network: Join the conversation by emailing AgWomenLead@usda.gov or check out #womeninag on Twitter and on the USDA Blog.

USDA. Economic Research Service.

Using Census of Agriculture data, ERS reports on the growth in the number of women-operated farms from 1978 through 2007, an increase in all sales classes, the focus on small farms, and crops and livestock produced. When both principal and secondary operators are counted, there are almost one million women farmers in the U.S.

U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Read posts about women farmers and other women in agriculture on the USDA Blog.

USDA. NAL. Special Collections.

Guide to a collection of watercolors by and materials about Deborah Griscom Passmore, a USDA botanical artist.

USDA. NAL. Special Collections.

Images of agricultural librarians from the USDA History Collection in the National Agricultural Library's Special Collections. [Scroll down page to view.]

USDA. National Agricultural Statistics Service.

In 2012, there were 969,672 women farmers in the United States, and "14 percent of the nation's 2.1 million farms had a female principal operator in 2012."

USDA. National Agricultural Statistics Service.

The 2012 USDA Census of Agriculture data analyzes specific characteristics of farms operated by women in Race, Ethnicity and Gender Profiles (by state).

USDA. Farm Service Agency.

Learn how the Farm Service Agency is collaborating with other government agencies and agricultural organizations to "improve the lives of women farmers and ranchers."

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