The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) has launched “Women in Ag,” an online survey designed to gauge the goals, aspirations, achievements and needs of women in American agriculture in a variety of areas.
According to Tonia Ritter, Michigan Farm Bureau manager of Education & Leadership Programs, the AFBF survey is timely and based on the recently released 2017 Ag Census Data, which showed more women are becoming principal producers in U.S. agriculture.
“According to the Ag Census data, 1.23 million females were principal operators in 2017, up nearly 27% from 969,672 in 2012,” Ritter said. “It marks the first time the figure has topped 1 million — meaning women now represent 36% of all U.S. farm operators.”
According to Ritter, data collected from AFBF’s “Women in Ag” survey will be used to gauge trends related to the achievements of women in agriculture, including leadership positions, business successes and election to public office.
“This comprehensive survey asks women in-depth questions about how they are connected to agriculture and what leadership skills they think are most important today as well as the top business challenges they’re facing,” Ritter said.
Results from the survey are slated for release this fall and will add to findings gleaned from a similar survey conducted in 2014. Participants will be entered to receive one of five $100 gift cards after the survey closes on June 21.
Farm Bureau membership is not required to participate.