According to the 2002 Census of Agriculture, women comprised 11% of principal farm operators and 27% of all farm operators. Here we report findings from a needs assessment conducted to understand the educational needs of women farmers in Pennsylvania. We describe the characteristics of the women who responded to the needs assessment, the problems they face in making their farm operation successful, and the program topics and formats they prefer. Finally, we provide recommendations to increase Extension engagement with this growing clientele.
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Barbercheck, M., Braiser, K. J., Kiernan, N. E., Sachs, C., Trauger, A., Findeis, J., Stone, A., & Moist, L. S. (2009). Meeting the Extension Needs of Women Farmers: A Perspective from Pennsylvania. The Journal of Extension, 47(3), Article 8. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol47/iss3/8