Baling the hay. Milking the cows. Ploughing the fields. According to United States Department of Agriculture, there are 969,672 women (and counting!) that are breaking the molds by keeping up with these duties on the farm. Think they can’t keep up with the men? Think again.
Do what you love
Mariah Anderson, COUNTRY Financial employee, started showing livestock at the age of 8. She admits that she was hooked as soon as she took her first Ag class in high school, and became a member of Future Farmers of America. In the 1930’s, girls were prohibited from being a FFA member. In 1969, that finally changed. And today? More than 44 percent of FFA members are female, and women hold approximately 50 percent of state leadership positions. The confidence in female farmers and the community that they are a part of is contagious.
Love what you do
We asked Mariah what it meant to her to be active on the farm. She said, “Farming is work, an occupation, a means of making a living, but it is a profession that gets engrained in you from the first moment you plant a seed. For a small specialty crop farmer like myself, when you spend long hours in the hot humidity harvesting the fruits of your labor and you are completely exhausted at the end of the day, your love for what you do is what drives you to get up the next day and do it all over again. I take great pride in knowing that we are doing everything that we can possibly do to make sure that we are growing safe and healthy products for the families in our community while telling our story. This is what builds communities that support local farms and agriculture and that is what it’s all about.”
Whether you know a woman who is a full time farmer, a hobby farmer, or an advocate for agriculture in some other way, give them a shout-out and thank them for changing the face of modern agriculture.