See how women’s leadership in ag has evolved
And how events like the recent Florida Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Conference continue to promote it.
According to the USDA, the 2012 Census of Agriculture showed that over a third of the nation’s farmers—almost 1 million—are women. Women’s leadership in ag goes as far back as agriculture itself, and women continue to step into leadership roles. Explore the evolution of women’s agricultural leadership, and see an example of the events supporting it today.
An Evolution of Women in Agribusiness
Women have stood alongside men in agriculture for as long as the fields required plowing and the livestock needed tending to. Men and women worked as teams on historic homesteads and ever since, so stepping into leadership roles in agriculture is nothing new for women. The kudos and recognition women are getting are new, and it’s an opportunity for women to have a greater impact on agribusiness. Resources for women in ag include:
- USDA’s Women in Ag Initiative. A USDA program that aims to promote women’s leadership in ag.
- The Extension Women in Ag Learning Network. A blog with multiple contributors about women in ag.
- Women-Owned Businesses. An initiative by the Small Business Administration.
- Women in Ag State Program Locator. Find a program for women in ag in your state.
A Look at the Florida Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Conference
Attending a women’s leadership event is an excellent way to promote women in agriculture. This past April 5th through the 7th in Tampa, Florida, saw the Florida Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Conference, which offered an array of benefits for women in ag. Highlights of the event include:
- Networking sessions. Making contacts in the industry—especially with other women—is an important way to find opportunities.
- “Telling Your Story” Breakout Session. There is real value to be had in consumers knowing the person behind their food. Being able to tell your own story is an important aspect of any women-owned business.
- “Women’s Farm Bureau 101” Breakout Session. Knowing the ins and the outs of your community’s ag industry—and its groups and organizations—is an important piece of understanding the best way to do business locally, regionally, nationally, and even internationally.
Working with a lender who understands the ups and downs of your industry is important too! Contact us today to speak with a knowledgeable team member to see how our custom loans can further your agribusiness.