When someone thinks of a farmer, they often conjure up the most stereotypical Ole’ McDonald image: overalls, older, pitchfork, and a man. However, women put on farmer hats, as well, and take on many other roles within the agriculture industry.
Did you know that 44% of FFA members are female? That’s almost half of all FFA students! And we sure hope they stick around to continue to serve America’s farms within the ag industry. So in a traditionally male-dominated profession, how do ag women translate their passion for ag into a career?
Today, women in ag roles is nothing new or earth-shattering. There are numerous resources for women to explore and to network within the industry to find where they fit and to meet like-minded ladies. One such resource is the Women Changing the Face of Ag conference. According to WCFA:
“The Women Changing the Face of Agriculture conference is designed for young women in high school and college who are interested in a career in agriculture. Group registration is available for collegiate groups, FFA chapters, and 4-H clubs.”
Organized by Illinois Agri-Women (IAW)*, the Women Changing the Face of Agriculture conference is “an investment in the future of agriculture. This outreach project gives all women the opportunity to explore different career paths offered in the agriculture sector. Our goal is to help attendees receive accurate information first hand from actual women agriculture professionals.”
Additionally, the conference has 200+ presenters that offer looks into careers that span the spectrum of ag, including:
- Ag Business
- Ag Education
- Animal Science/Veterinary Medicine
- Environmental Science
- Food Science
- Natural Resource Conservation
- And more!
So, if you’re a female ag enthusiast who just isn’t sure where her place in ag should be, we’d encourage you to learn more about this conference. Not only do you have the potential to find a future career, you might even meet some new lifelong friends along the way.
To learn more about the WCFA conference, visit the website.
*IAW is a grassroots organization of farm and agri-businesswomen promoting a better understanding of agriculture and the family farm system. Our organization consists of members from across the state of Illinois who volunteer to promote agriculture. To learn more about Illinois Agri-Women visit their website.