USDA infographics showcase women in agriculture

USDA infographics showcase women in agriculture

State-by-state infographics publicize statistics about the number of women involved in agriculture

969,672.

That's the number of women farmers in the United States, according to data USDA released in infographic form on Monday.

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The agency has previously promoted women's involvement in the industry through development of a blog, digital outreach and a women's ag network.

The latest release of shareable infographics – one for each state – coincides with a series of five women in ag stories running on the USDA blog Sept. 28-Oct. 2.

Oregon Department of Agriculture Director Katy Coba will be featured in this week's blog series. (USDA photo)

USDA has been featuring additional stories over the past few months using the tag #womeninag. Entries include those from women like Carissa Koopmann Rivers, a fifth generation cow/calf rancher from Sunol, Calif., 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.

Katy Coba, the Director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture, is the first woman to be featured in this week's blog series.

The overall effort is led by USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden, who announced the Women in Agriculture Mentoring Network in February. The network is the centerpiece of USDA's women in ag programs, and is designed to "support and engage women across all areas of agriculture and to foster professional partnerships between women with shared backgrounds, interests, and professional goals," Harden said at the time of its release.

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In March, USDA also celebrated women farmers with a Google hangout to coincide with National Ag Day, followed by an April meeting to discuss federal statistics on female-owned farms.

According to the 2012 USDA Census data, nationally women were 30% of farmers, but in states in the Northeast, Southwest, and West women comprise larger shares. Of total female farmers, 288,264 were principal operators.

USDA infographics showcase women in agriculture

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