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Against the Grain

by Erin Hampton
A gender gap between men and women spans many of the nation’s economic sectors. Women farmers make up a relatively small share of the U.S. agricultural workforce. However, when compared to the rest of the nation, Oregon sits well above the national average. More than 300 women around the state participate in Oregon State University’s Small Farms networks for female farmers. The farm networks are not the reason there are so many female farmers in Oregon, nor do they reach the whole farming population. However, for women who participate, farm networks have made the path to success in farming more viable by providing access to mentorship and supportive tip-sharing with other women.

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