Women’s on-farm roles are expanding to include more decision-making and hands-on participation. Their roles are expanding off-farm to provide leadership to and participate in organizations that support regional agriculture and rural communities.
The purpose of this poster is to use data collected during six annual (2005-2010) Arkansas Women in Agriculture conferences to compare--across agriculture roles and time--women’s perceptions regarding: 1) the roles in agriculture, agricultural businesses and in rural communities, 2) the successes and challenges they face in these roles, 3) how those roles have changed over time and 4) how these changing roles have influenced their family lives, agriculture and the rural community. To date we have found that women on and off-farm share some of the same problems in business, and in the factors they find important to their success, but their diverse backgrounds and dissimilar job responsibilities likely lead to the differences in importance they place on specific aspects of their jobs. Data have also shown that as women’s roles have changed over time, so have their risk management needs. It is hoped that this set of baseline information can be useful not only to researchers and educators interested in addressing needs of local women but also in illustrating the continuing changes in women’s roles and their needs and thus the need for extended research over time to address these changes.
|Conference||2010 National Women in Agriculture Educators Conference|