The growing number of women who have contributed to agriculture now totals almost a million and they have made a large impact economically responsible for roughly $12.9 billion in revenue for the agricultural industry.
National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson made a point to thank them on Monday for their hard work on family farms and ranches.
“One of the many promising trends in agriculture is the growing presence of women who are using their talents to help strengthen the viability of the family while also supplying food, feed, fuel and fiber to Americans and consumers abroad,” Johnson said. “And their growing presence in agri-business board rooms and as chief operators on family farms is important to the nation’s food security.”
Women have been a vital part of the National Farmers Union since it formed, including being a part of key leadership roles. Today, women make up 30 percent of all U.S. farmers. As a result, the NFU has developed an annual Women’s Conference which will take place this year from Jan. 23-27 in Clearwater Beach, Florida. It will focus on advocacy training, building knowledge and skills related to farm transitions.
“Our annual women’s conference seeks to provide the business and farming tools women need to succeed in agriculture while allowing these emerging leaders to network and fine-tune their business acumen,” Johnson said.