Don't Miss Out

Subscribe to OCA's News & Alerts.

Organic Consumers Association

Campaigning for health, justice, sustainability, peace, and democracy

Ag Census: Female Farmers Are Coming Into Their Own—and Networking is Key to Their Success

New data shows more than a third of all U.S. producers are women, and many are supporting each other through in-person connections.

On a recent March morning following a rainstorm, Wisconsin farmers woke up to find their farms covered in sheets of ice. Cattle rancher Sylvia Burgos Toftness was soon out in the thick of it, tending fences; the grass-fed, certified organic cows on her 72-acre ranch, Bull Brook Keep, weren’t going to wait for the sun to melt the ice.

When you’re a woman committed to managed grazing—which involves rotating cattle around to a different paddock or section of pasture every day or two—getting up in the morning to move fences and cattle is part of the job. But for Toftness, a Baby Boomer who bought her ranch in 2009, learning how to do that job may have been impossible without the help, support, and education of other farmers—especially other women farmers.

Get Local

Find News and Action for your state:
Regeneration International

Cool the planet.
Feed the world.












20% off Mercola's Full Spectrum Hemp Oil and 20% goes to Organic Consumers Association.