Women in the US continue to forever change agriculture through their impeccable business skills and techniques, and through their passion for farming and agribusiness. Specifically, women are finding their niche in agriculture. According to the 2oo7 Census of Agriculture, over 3,500 farms in Alabama are owned and/or operated by women and the numbers are steadily increasing.
The Alabama Women In Agriculture Incorporated (AWIA, Inc.) was conceived and initiated to educate women engaged in agriculture. The AWIA, Inc. serves as a conduit or vehicle to inform others and increase their awareness about women’s contribution to agricultural and agribusiness. AWIA’s rationale stems from the need to provide recognition for, and credence to the significant role played, and contributions made by women engaged in the agricultural industry, and a need to empower them in order to effectively address issues of farm profitability, viability and sustainability within Alabama’s local and underserved communities.
Since it inception in 2005, AWIA, Inc. has grown and expanded into three chapters throughout the state of Alabama. It provides outreach training, technical assistance, and risk management education to women landowners (and their families), producers, and entrepreneurs. Holistic approach to outreach delivery is employed and advocated. The program has been successful in empowering women and assisting them to learn about the various agricultural programs, services and opportunities available to them and their families.
This poster highlights AWIA, Inc. rationale, objectives, background Information, demographics, educational training efforts, accomplishments, problems, solutions, and success stories.
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