Women are active advocates for agriculture and successful business owners interested in filling leadership roles, according to a new American Farm Bureau survey.
A majority of those surveyed, 91%, also believe there should be more women in leadership roles in the industry.
More than 3,000 women completed the informal survey online, which AFBF conducted to determine the goals and achievements of women in agriculture.
Sherry Saylor, chair of Farm Bureau’s Women’s Leadership Committee, says, “We hope to use the survey results to drive our program of work and also to give women their voice and help them make even more of an impact in their communities.”
More than 50% of women surveyed have started their own business that’s still in operation, 25% have not started a business but indicated they would like to do so in the future.
Respondents cited prioritizing and finding time to accomplish tasks, acquiring financial support and marketing plan development as their top business challenges.