Social media, more opportunities lead to a rise of women in agriculture industry


“I think if you ask people to visualize a farmer, we all think of a middle aged man maybe in a ball cap on a tractor,” Lindsey Huseman said.

That’s the traditional stereotype Ellsworth County rancher Lindsey Huseman said she sees in her children’s books.

But today, she and Sheridan County farmer, Laura Haffner, said females are breaking those barriers.

“I think women are coming more into the spotlight, and we have a more recognized place at the table now,” Haffner said. “So that’s good to see.”

According to the Census of Agriculture, from 2002 to 2012, over a million women have joined the agriculture industry.

Ellsworth County Farm Bureau coordinator Sarah Goss said across the country, 30 percent of farmers are women.

She said social media and more diverse opportunities are factors to this rise.

“We have better platforms to tell our story. We have social media. We have the internet,” Goss said. “So, I think we’re seeing more women in agriculture because it gives them more of an influence.”

Leading to more connections and inspiring young women.

“As they can see these role models, they can start to visualize ok yes if that’s something I want to do, I can do it,” Huseman said.

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