According to the latest statistics by the USDA’s Farm Household Income and Characteristics, women comprised only about twelve percent of principal farm operators. While this number is low, it represents a significant increase from just five percent twenty-five years ago. In an industry traditionally dominated by men, female farmers face less access to funding, education and networking traditionally available to their male counterparts. Women working to build strong agriculture practices therefore face disadvantages that affects every level of operation.
To address these challenges and help lay the foundation for success, the Women Managing the Farm Conference in February of 2019 was created. An exciting selection of keynote speakers is set to cover topics including food accessibility, estate and asset planning, operations concerns, and the impact of female operators in agriculture and sustainability.