About 39% of farmers in Oregon are women; the national average is 31%.
BY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR
About 39% of farmers in Oregon are women, while the national average is 31%.
The United States Department of Agriculture released a report as a part of an effort to get more women in agriculture.
Farming is in the midst of a contraction, with fewer young people entering the farming trades and older farmers aging out. Many programs are aimed at getting young farmers up and running, or providing land and capital for people who want to eventually own a farm of their own.
Oregon’s numbers, according to the USDA:
- 22,772 women in agriculture
- 39 percent of all farmers are women
- 7.3 million acres farmed
- $263.4 billion impact