According to the USDA 2007 Census of Agriculture, Arkansas has over 6,000 female principal farm operators, an increase of 31% since 2002. The Census also indicates that women compose approximately 48% of all farm operators in the state. Arkansas female farm operators are involved in a wide spectrum of agricultural production as the state is home to a large poultry industry, a cow-calf and cattle ranching community, a significant row crop region, and a thriving fruit and vegetable, organic and sustainable agriculture community.
Arkansas Women in Agriculture (ARWIA), a nonprofit organization, realizes the need to provide these women with educational opportunities tailored to their unique learning styles. To meet this need, ARWIA offers risk management programs including an annual statewide conference and Annie´s Project.
This presentation will discuss Arkansas agriculture, the ARWIA organization, its outreach activities, program offerings, feedback received from former program participants, and how that feedback is utilized to continually adapt programs to the needs of women in Arkansas.
|Conference||2010 National Women in Agriculture Educators Conference|