To celebrate and honor the contributions of women in agriculture the USDA released a series of infographics detailing the impact of women state by state.
“From the classroom to the farm to the boardroom, women in agriculture are helping to pave the way for a better future. As leaders, it is our responsibility to make sure the next generation of women are educated, encouraged and empowered to take on the challenges of meeting the world’s growing food, fuel and fiber needs.”
The USDA is on a mission to increase the amount of Women in farming and to support their efforts have launched a network for Women in Agriculture headed up by Agriculture Deputy Secretary, Krysta Harden.
According to the The United States Department of Agriculture about 31 percent of the country’s farmers are women, but in states in the Northeast, Southwest, and West women comprise larger shares. Of total female farmers, 288,264 were principal operators.
The LET um EAT team is based out of Oregon where 39 percent of farmers are women, more than the national average of 31%.
For the sake of this article I will stay on the topic of the USDA infographics but I would like to make a quick side note.
I have the incredible pleasure of knowing some of the women behind these numbers and they are the most badass, resilient, intelligent, ambitious, disruptive, dedicated people who are working hard every day to change the world. A huge shout out to all the Women in Farming across this world, you are heroes.
Here are a few more statistics from neighboring states here in the West, you can find more statistics for each state from the USDA website.
How does this compare from a global perspective? A few quick and dirty facts: Women are the backbone of the development of rural and national economies. They comprise 43% of the world’s agricultural labor force, which rises to 70% in some countries.
In conclusion, tip your hats to all the Women in Agriculture!