Women in Agriculture – March Women’s History Month

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Women in Agriculture – March Women’s History Month

With March being Women’s History Month, we thought we would highlight women in agriculture. Paving the way for the future, women are paving the future being more recognized for their contribution in Ag with food, fuel and feed.

Empowering Women

Women have been empowered and are a critical part of farm and ranch operations across the country. Now they gave a great opportunity to make changes that they want to see in the Agriculture industry. Bringing more innovation and productivity, women are helping to move the Ag world into the future. From running farms to running businesses, the challenges keep growing and women are meeting those challenges.

Leadership Opportunities

Women in agriculture have a powerful story to tell – one of stewardship, resilience, and leadership – from all angles from the combine to the boardroom. Through the Department of Agriculture, women can take advantage of several leadership opportunities, such as:

  • Electing responsible agricultural producers to Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees to help deliver FSA farm programs at the local level and work to help FSA agricultural programs serve the needs of local producers.
  • Women are becoming more integral to the Ag industry by shaping the future of agriculture by serving on a Research and Promotion Program Board. These programs, overseen by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, focus on research, marketing, and consumer outreach efforts that enhance, maintain, and develop opportunities for agricultural products, from corn to soybeans, ethanol to biofuels.
  • Serving on one of a number of USDA Advisory Committees that advise on a variety of AG related issues. These committees are an important component of shaping programs and policies of the government and the department.

To help women in the United States connect with other women leaders in agriculture all across the country, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has established a Women in Ag mentoring network.

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