Women’s Leadership

Empowering Women to Become Powerful Advocates for Agriculture

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More than a third of American farmers and ranchers today are women, with a growing number becoming powerful advocates for modern agriculture. The American Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership program provides women with opportunities for growth and development to sharpen their skills and strengthen their ability to inspire change.

Being involved in the Women’s Leadership Program has molded me into a better leader for Farm Bureau and my community. I encourage all women to get involved.
—  Isabella Chism, AFB Women's Leadership Chair

Women in Ag Survey

The American Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee launched its second Women in Ag survey in March 2019 to ensure programming and leadership opportunities help women in agriculture achieve their goals and aspirations. All women who are farmers, ranchers, farm/ranch employees, employed in agricultural businesses, pursuing ag-related education or supportive of agriculture in other ways were invited to participate. 


Of women surveyed...

  • 98% believe they have the skills, knowledge and experience to fill leadership roles in the agriculture industry.

  • 91% agree or strongly agree that there should be more women in leadership roles in the agriculture industry.
  • 75% of women are leaders at the local level.

AFBF training programs, such as Farm Bureau Women’s Communications Boot Camp, provide women opportunities to hone their skills to speak on behalf of agriculture and Farm Bureau.

Advocacy and Involvement

Of women surveyed...

  • 95% are active advocates for agriculture.
  • 92% feel empowered to effectively advocate for agriculture.
  • 60% are members and actively involved in at least one ag organization.

Agricultural advocacy begins with education, and AFBF’s Women’s Leadership program is committed to engaging consumers of all ages on where their food comes from through programs like Our Food Link.

FB Advocacy Action Alerts unite Farm Bureau members and encourage them to speak out on issues of concern for the nation’s farmers and ranchers, rural Americans and consumers. 

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Of women surveyed...

  • 96% have at least one member of the household with a secondary source of income outside of farming.
  • More than half have started a business that's still operating: Another 25% have not started a business but would like to in the future. 

The Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge is a national business competition for U.S. food and agriculture startups. It provides an opportunity for U.S. startups to showcase business innovations in food and agriculture.

Join the Conversation

You can start the conversation around addressing the challenges for women in agriculture on social media. For infographics and images for your social media pages, click here. Follow American Farm Bureau Federation on social media to help amplify the message.

Cultivator Newsletter

The Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Cultivator provides program and regional updates on the American Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership program via a quarterly newsletter. Anyone interested in Women’s Leadership programming is encouraged to sign-up for the newsletter and select their region of interest. 


Get Involved 

Contact: committee@fb.org

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