Growing Programs for Farm and Ranch Women

Launched in October 2015, the 21st Century Management: Enhancing Educational Programming for Beginning Farm and Ranch Women project is working to expand opportunities for educators interested in improving, expanding and starting outreach programs for beginning farm and ranch women.

This four-year initiative brings together a diverse, national team of educators, research and women working in agriculture to existing programs and curricula; identify gaps in targeting women; and create a central repository where educators can access curricula and training materials.

“We view this project as a way to validate the important work that has been going on around the country for decades while acknowledging that women remain under-served in many areas of agriculture,” says University of Vermont Extension Professor Mary Peabody director of the project.

The Leadership Team

The principal investigator on the grant is Mary Peabody, University of Vermont Extension.

Other members of the team include:

Beth Holtzman, coordinator of the University of Vermont Extension New Farmer Project and Women’s Agricultural Network;

Madeline Schultz, Women in Agriculture Program Manager at Iowa State University Extension;

Arlene De La Mora, from the Research Institute for Studies in Education at Iowa State University;

Patty Neiner, coordinator of the Pennsylvania Women’s Agricultural Network at the Pennsylvania State University;

Karen Funkenbusch, Rural Safety and Health Specialist and Missouri
Missouri AgrAbility Program Director,University of Missouri Extension; and

Janie Simms Hipp and Erin Shirt of the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative at the University of Arkansas School of Law.

Additionally,  farmers, ranchers, educators and business owners from around the US serve as advisors to the project.