To celebrate and honor the contributions of women in agriculture, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is releasing a series of state-by-state infographics detailing the impact women have on agriculture in each state and across the country. You can share the infographics on social media or print them to help tell the story of women in ag in your state.
“From the classroom to the farm to the boardroom, women in agriculture are helping to pave the way for a better future,” stated a USDA press release. “As leaders, it is our responsibility to make sure the next generation of women are educated, encouraged and empowered to take on the challenges of meeting the world’s growing food, fuel and fiber needs.”
Over the past few months, USDA has been featuring the powerful stories of women in agriculture on its blog. By following the #womeninag tag on the USDA blog, you can read first-person accounts from women like 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.
To coincide with the release of the new infographics, each day this week, USDA will feature advice and stories from women in agriculture at various stages in their lives and careers. The first of five #womeninag blogs features Katy Coba, the Director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture.
To learn more and connect with other women leaders in agriculture all across the country, join the women in ag mentoring network. Join the conversation by emailing [email protected] and be sure to check out #womeninag on Twitter and on the USDA blog, #womeninag Storify and this video message from Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden.
Be sure to also check out Greenhouse Grower‘s celebration of Women In Horticulture, featuring profiles of women difference-makers in various careers within the horticulture industry.