The Changing Face of Farming

Just a few decades ago, the idea of a woman running a farm seemed a bit absurd. More and more these days, the ladies are stepping up their game and joining the ranks of farming menfolk. From livestock production to crops, marketing to communications, women are becoming more and more common as spokespeople of the agriculture world.

Major strides have been taken in equalizing the roles of men and women; while glass ceilings are by no means gone, “girl power” is now visible in just about every industry out there. There are even conferences and organizations and clubs just for the ladies of agriculture.
This goes to show that the face of agriculture has changed, is changing, and will continue to change. 75 years go, many farmers stopped attending school before obtaining a high school diploma. 50-something years ago, most farmers didn’t think of education beyond high school. Now, many farmers are working the fields equipped with work ethic, enthusiasm, and a college degree. And yes, some of them are ladies.
Don’t ever let someone tell you farmers aren’t progressive; they’ve made progress in leaps and bounds over the past several decades. America’s farmers are feeding more people with fewer resources than ever before. Technology is constantly developing and shaping to fit the demands of today’s growing food and raw material needs. The stereotypical American farmer today is anything but stereotypical.

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  1. I love the looks on my college journalism classmates faces when I tell them I want to farm and write from home after graduation. They look at me like I'm nuts. One even asked if I wanted to have a "real job" someday or if all I ever planned to do was be "just a farm wife." Thanks for giving all farmers (even us girls) credit for all we do.

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