Who Are Women in Agriculture?
Who are the Michigan women involved in agriculture? Here you will find
information on several of Michigan's women farmers and academics from
Michigan State University (MSU) who work with women farmers. Also included
are links to Michigan farming organizations, MSU Extension, and an overview
of agriculture in Michigan.
The Economic Research Service and the USDA published the 2001
Family Farm Report, which examines the structural and financial
characteristics of US farms. The report states that:
"Women operate a growing share of farms, rising from 5% of farmers
in 1978 to 9% in 1997. While women manage all types and sizes of farms,
they most commonly manage small farms, measured by acres or sales,
and specialize in livestock. Fewer women report farming as their primary
occupation than their male counterparts. The average income of female-operator
households was lower than that of male-operator households, with the
difference resulting more from low farm earnings than from low off-farm
income. But, recent data show that the average income of female-operator
households was higher than that of all US female-headed households
or females living alone" (Sommer 2001, p. 38).
In an effort to increase awareness of the experiences of women in agriculture
in the United States, this section includes articles, various online
resources, and more.
Women's role in agriculture varies throughout the world. Included in
this section is information about women and agriculture in Canada, Rwanda,
South Asia, and other areas. Also included are links to various agricultural
development projects for women.
Sommer, Judith E. 2001. "Female Farm Operators and Their Farms." In
Structural and Financial Characteristics of US Farms: 2001 Family
Farm Report, edited by Robert A. Hoppe. Resource Economics Division,
Economic Research Service, US Department of Agriculture. Agriculture
Information Bulletin No. 768.