Statistics don’t lie. The future of agriculture is increasingly female.

There are now nearly one million women farm operators and over half-a-million additional women landowners who lease their land to farmers. Many of these women have a strong conservation ethic and are deeply committed to healthy farmland, farm families, and farm communities.

But women face gender-related barriers to managing their land for long-term sustainability. And while women increasingly are the primary decision-makers on farms and inclined towards conservation, they are underrepresented in USDA conservation programs.

AFT firmly believes that women are ideal partners in farmland protection and conservation practices and that we need to do more to reach them.