PATS
Skip Navigation LinksHome > Publications > Publication Detail
Farm graphic
PATS
Heart of the Farm Women in Agriculture
Fact Sheets No. 20, September 2003
by Joy Kirkpatrick, Carol Roth, Jenny Vanderlin, Rhonda Gildersleeve, Kim Zeuli, and Kevin Bernhardt

Adobe PDFDownload (PDF) [54KB]

During the late 1970s and early 1980s, University of Wisconsin-Extension (UWEX) sponsored educational programs specifically for farm women. These programs targeted women who helped manage their farming operation. Unfortunately, these programs were abandoned. Two reasons are thought to have contributed to the end of programs for farm women: (1) a lack of leadership in UWEX for these audience specific (versus topic specific) educational programs, and (2) the move of farm women to seek off-farm employment to supplement incomes and provide insurance benefits for their family. Working off the farm made it difficult for women to participate in the traditional weekday programs that Extension professionals typically provided. Heart of the Farm – Women in Agriculture is an attempt to reach this underserved audience of UW-Extension agriculture programming.

Associated Projects