Women in agriculture – USA

From historic homesteaders to contemporary cattle ranchers, women have been the cornerstone of America’s agriculture heritage according to the US Department of Agriculture. The 2012 Census of Agriculture in America notes that nearly 1 million women are working America’s lands. That is nearly a third of the nation’s farmers. Together, these women are generating $12.9 billion in annual agricultural sales.

Kate Edwards (center) with her workers at her farm that she has managed for seven years (courtesy US Department of agriculture)

Women are scientists, economists, foresters, veterinarians, and conservationists. Women are in the boardrooms and the corner offices of international enterprises, and are the owners and operators of small businesses. Women are property owners and managers. Women are policymakers and standard bearers. Women are involved in every aspect of agriculture in America

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