What Does a Farmer Look Like, Anyway?

March 9, 2016 09:42 AM

According to the 2012 USDA-NASS Census of Agriculture, women comprise 14% of principal farm operators and 30% of total U.S. farmers. Even so, they are a relatively unseen minority in the industry, according to writer and photographer Audra Mulkern.

For the past four years, Mulkern has been photographing women farmers for an ongoing essay project. In observance of International Women’s Day on March 8, she asked for a little help.

“If we’re going to make a big shift in how people think, we all need to work together to make others sit up and notice,” she says.

Mulkern reached out on social media, asking female farmers to post their picture on Twitter and include the hashtag #ILookLikeaFarmer. Here are some highlights from around the world.

To learn more about Mulkern’s Female Farmer Project, visit http://audramulkern.com/the-female-farmer-project/

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Spell Check

Lincoln, NE
3/9/2016 09:52 PM

  Standing and working with the farmer and rancher as a man (husband or partner) on farms and ranches is the woman enduring blood, sweat and tears but finding common ground and resolving economic issues. The best farm teams I've seen were working the fields together, sharing calving and lambing responsibilities, irrigating moving pipe, and driving combines and tractors and harvest driving trucks to the bins. There is nothing like that relationship and no other occupation towards hopes and dreams for future generations with that common ambition. As a retired Extension Educator, I appreciated seeing ladies attending agricultural meetings with excellent questions about ag finance and marketing, farm programs, conservation practices, livestock production and BEING PROUD TO BE A FARMER/RANCHER.


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