Women farmers grow in number

The latest census data from the agriculture Department shows more than 236,000 women were managing farms in the U-S in 2002 — up 13% from 1997. That works out to about one in every ten farms.

Among the reasons for the increase is that women are taking over the operations after their husbands die.

Of the women who list themselves as the principal operator of all US farms, about three out of ten are 65 or older. Only a fraction are 34 or younger.

WOSU news reporter Mike Thompson spoke to some women farmers in Ohio about the trend. Click the Listen icon to hear Mike’s report.

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