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Number of female farmers rose in 2017 USDA Ag Census

KENTUCKY DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

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Recognizing the significance of girls in Kentucky’s farming sector, Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles spoke on the Kentucky Women in Agriculture annual convention in Lexington, a day earlier than the state formally celebrates “Kentucky Women in Agriculture Day,” on Tuesday, Oct. 19.

“Anytime women find a seat at the table in any profession, it’s a win,” Commissioner Quarles mentioned. “That follows true in agriculture, as well. Recent survey data has shown women make up nearly 40% of our producers. I was happy to join Kentucky Women in Ag today to help celebrate the contribution our female producers have to our farm economy.”

KWIA’s membership is comprised of girls who personal and function farms and agribusinesses, in addition to agriculture entrepreneurs, state and federal personnel, ag educators and college students, and customers. The annual convention supplies attendees with the chance to community and nurture a acknowledged agriculture and agribusiness group. By empowering girls by schooling, involvement and motion, KWIA has a constructive affect on Kentucky agriculture.

That affect is necessary, because the quantity of female farmers in Kentucky retains rising. In 2017, 42,946 girls farmed in Kentucky, up 36.7% from the quantity recognized in the earlier 2012 U.S. Department of Agriculture census. Of these, 33,550 have been concerned in making day-to-day selections on the farm, 26,215 have been the principal producers on their farms and 12,648 listed farming as their main occupation, the census discovered.

The Census of Agriculture is a whole depend of U.S. farms and ranches and the individuals who function them. Even small plots of land — whether or not rural or city — rising fruit, greens or some meals animals. The Census of Agriculture, taken solely as soon as each 5 years, appears to be like at land use and possession, operator traits, manufacturing practices, earnings and expenditures. USDA will begin amassing info for the following census in 2022.