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. To celebrate and honor the contributions of women in agriculture, USDA is releasing a series of state-by-state infographics detailing the impact women have on agriculture in each state and across the country. Be sure to share these infographics on social media or print them to help tell the story of women in ag in your state!
Over the past few months, we’ve also been featuring the powerful stories of women in agriculture on the USDA blog. By following the #womeninag tag on the USDA blog, you can read first-person accounts from women like Carissa Koopmann Rivers, a fifth generation cow/calf rancher from Sunol, California, Casey Cox, the Executive Director of the Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District, and Dr. Jewel Hairston, the Dean of the College of Agriculture at Virginia State University.
To coincide with the release of the new infographics, each day this week, we’ll feature advice and stories from women in agriculture at various stages in their lives and careers. Be sure to check back on the USDA blog later today for our first of five #womeninag blogs this week, featuring Katy Coba, the Director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture.
To learn more and connect with other women leaders in agriculture all across the country, we encourage you to join our women in ag mentoring network. Join the conversation by emailing AgWomenLead@usda.gov and be sure to check out #womeninag on Twitter and on the USDA blog, our #womeninag Storify, and this video message from Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden.
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We have eight acres in the Willamette valley just outside of Creswell,I planted some raspberries last spring and we grew some corn, we have a granny smith apple tree and two blueberry bushes, last year we planted corn and got a good crop, this year I want to plant goji berries and some nut trees too. My father owns the property he is a world war two vet. I would like to know if we can get some help to make this place a working farm.
@Lisa Enoch - Hi Lisa, thanks for your comment. USDA has a couple of websites that may be helpful. Our new farmer website at <a href="https://newfarmers.usda.gov/" rel="nofollow">https://newfarmers.usda.gov/</a>, is a great place to find information on resources. If you visit <a href="http://www.usda.gov/veterans" rel="nofollow">www.usda.gov/veterans</a> and select farm training and apprenticeships, you’ll see specific information on veterans' projects. You should also visit <a href="http://www.farmanswers.org/" rel="nofollow">www.farmanswers.org</a>. It’s a project funded by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) designed to be a clearinghouse of the beginning farmer and rancher development grant projects. We hope this information is helpful. Please extend USDA’s thanks to your father for his service to our country.
Hi there, I am looking into finding grants/funds that are available for women pig farmers. i have a friend who i am helping out she is a beginning pig farmer been about a year now and shes in dire need of things like fences and equipment to get it going on a larger scale and grow her animals are all organic non gmo fed free range. im not sure if im looking in the wrong spots or just dont know what to look for but im having no luck. also are there any classes i can take to learn how to help her better