This is my first time covering the release of the Census of Agriculture report, and it’s exciting to see the trends going on in agriculture. My favorite one has to be the increase in women who farm.

While the number of male producers fell 1.7% to 2.17 million from 2012 to 2017, the number of female producers increased by nearly 27% to 1.23 million. Thirty-six percent of all producers are female, and 56 percent of all farms have at least one female decision maker.

According to the report, farms with female producers making decisions tend to be smaller than average in both acres and value of production. However, female producers are most heavily engaged in the day-to-day decisions along with record keeping and financial management.

And these are just the stats on production agriculture — there are so many more women involved in agricultural business, marketing, communication and other areas.

It’s nice to see an intelligent, diverse group of men and women running the agriculture industry in the United States. I’m proud to be a part of it.

Erica Quinlan can be reached at 800-426-9438, ext. 193, or equinlan@agrinews-pubs.com. Follow her on Twitter at: @AgNews_Quinlan.

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