The number of women farm operators has steadily increased in the United States, comprising 30% of all farm operators (2007 Census of Agriculture). The increasing diversity of farmers presents new audiences for Extension and for whom programs should be developed according to their educational needs. We report results from a survey of Extension educators in Pennsylvania. We identify how Extension educators perceive women farmers, the factors that influence these perceptions, and how these perceptions influence educational programming. We recommend ways to reach women farmers with programs that are appropriate in both content and delivery.
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Braiser, K., Barbercheck, M., Kiernan, N. E., Sachs, C., Schwartzberg, A., & Trauger, A. (2009). Extension Educators' Perceptions of the Educational Needs of Women Farmers in Pennsylvania. The Journal of Extension, 47(3), Article 9. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol47/iss3/9