The Pennsylvania Women’s Agricultural Network (PA-WAgN) supports women in agriculture by providing positive learning environments, networking, and empowerment opportunities.
The network is comprised of women farmers, agricultural professionals, agricultural educators, and informed consumers committed to supporting and providing educational opportunities to women working in agriculture and related businesses. PA-WAgN offers on-farm education, hands-on workshop, conferences, networking opportunities, mentoring, and online information sharing tools. PA-WAgN programming is based on member needs and requests and includes business planning, farm management, production practices, direct marketing, farm equipment and safety, and health.
American Farmland Trust’s The Women for the Land Initiative seeks to understand, engage and empower women farmland owners and women farmers to adopt environmentally sound farming practices, protect farmland, and enhance farm viability now and for the future.
While women are increasingly playing primary decision-making roles on farmland, and are inclined towards conservation, they are underrepresented in use of USDA and other conservation programs. With the support of a cooperative agreement with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), AFT is poised to work with stakeholders rooted in local communities to connect women landowners and farmers with key resource providers in their area who can help increase women’s implementation of conversation programs and land protection strategies.