Empowering Women In Agriculture

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There are record numbers of women getting agriculture related degrees. But only 14 percent of principle operating farmers are women in the U.S., according to the U.S. Ag Census.

At the Annual FarmHer Grow conference in Iowa, a group of women are working to empower other women as they get ready to enter the agricultural workforce. This is the second conference and 400 women were there, up from 250 last year.

Marji Guyler-Alaniz says universities like Iowa State are seeing more women in agriculture majors than men, "So there are young women going into the workforce, whether it's in production or professional agriculture. So our goal today, is to take those young women who are going into these roles regardless and say you have a network. We want to empower you to find your voice, speak up for yourself. Find your place in that organization and make sure that your voice is a strong one."

Guyler-Alaniz started FarmHer as a photography project, but wanted to expand it to bring more women in. She says with the success of the Grow event, this year they've added a conference in Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania.