Meeting the extension needs of women farmers: a perspective from pennsylvania

Mary Barbercheck, Kathryn J. Brasier, Nancy Ellen Kiernan, Carolyn Sachs, Amy Trauger, Jill Findeis, Ann Stone, Linda Stewart Moist

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Abstract

According to the 2002 Census of Agriculture, women comprised 11% of principal farm operators and 27% of all farm operators. Here we report findings from a needs assessment conducted to understand the educational needs of women farmers in Pennsylvania. We describe the characteristics of the women who responded to the needs assessment, the problems they face in making their farm operation successful, and the program topics and formats they prefer. Finally, we provide recommendations to increase Extension engagement with this growing clientele.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Extension
Volume47
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education

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