Women and Minorities in Agriculture


Women, and ethnic and racial minorities, fill many roles in agriculture. They are farmers and farm workers, ranchers, agricultural researchers, educators and agri-business people.

U.S. Statistics on Women and Minorities on Farms and in Rural Areas

USDA. NAL. Alternative Farming Systems Information Center.

Links to USDA Census of Agriculture and Economic Research Service data, tables and reports.

National Agricultural Workers Survey

U.S. Department of Labor. Employment and Training Administration.

The survey "is an employment-based, random survey of the demographic, employment, and health characteristics of the U.S. crop labor force." Reports and data are based on Interviews are conducted during the growing seasons.

Resources about Women in Agriculture

USDA. National Agricultural Library.

Learn about women in agriculture and rural America - artwork, books, statistics, life on the farm, leadership roles, agribusiness, women's programs, and contributions to sustainable agriculture and local food systems. "The 2007 Census of Agriculture shows that women ... are running more farms and ranches, operating more land, and producing a greater value of agricultural products than they were in 2002."

Women in Agriculture Learning Network

eXtension Foundation.

The Women in Agriculture National Learning Network (WIA LN), a national initiative, maintains this "portal for education, technical assistance and support of women farmers, ranchers and producers." Includes a Women in Ag Blog, Mailing List, Webinars, and Publications. Covers Women Making the News in Agriculture. Links to related websites and other resources.

Outreach Programs

USDA. Farm Service Agency.

The Farm Service Agency has specific targeted outreach programs for traditionally underserved groups.

Agricultural Health and Safety Among Racial and Ethnic Minorities: Current Research and Perspectives

New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

In follow up to the 1989 report, Agriculture at Risk: A Report to the Nation, this study reviews more recent data looking at occupational safety issues specific to Hispanic, African-American, Caribbean and Haitian and Native American minorities.