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Women Gaining Responsibility And Visibility In Agriculture


September 22, 2022

Thomas Ritchey

All eight members of the Central Cove FFA Chapter who took part in the PA FFA State Activities Week held at Penn State University in June were young women. Shown are (from left) Danielle Heltzel, Sarah Disney, Heather Brumbaugh, Breanne Corle, Ellie Dilling, Ashley Sollenberger, Brynn Miller and Darcy Heltzel.

The USDA's Census of Agriculture provides a detailed look at the state and health of agriculture in the United States every five years. It also gives some insight into trends that are shaping and changing the industry.

One big reveal from the last Census in 2017 was the growing number of women involved in agriculture. They scored big gains in production as well as leadership roles.

The national numbers tell an interesting story. According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, the number of farms may be decreasing, but the overall number of agricultural producers rose from 3.18 mi...

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