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." 

eXtension Foundation.

The Women in Agriculture National Learning Network (WIA LN), a national initiative, maintains this "portal for education, technical assistance and support of women farmers, ranchers and producers." Includes a Women in Ag Blog, Mailing List, Webinars, and Publications. Covers Women Making the News in Agriculture. Links to related websites and other resources.

U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Archive:  Read posts about women farmers and other women in agriculture 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.

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.]

Annie's National Network Initiative for Educational Success

Annie's Project "is an educational program dedicated to strengthening women's roles in the modern farm enterprise."

University of Minnesota. Center for Farm Financial Management.

"Organizes thousands of risk management materials which help producers and agricultural professionals quickly locate information, tools, and assistance on specific risk management topics." Includes biennial National Women in Agriculture Educators Conference presentations.