Agricultural Economics Department


Date of this Version



Cornhusker Economics (January 9, 2013)


Published by University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension, Institute of Agriculture & Natural Resources, Department of Agricultural Economics. Copyright © [2013] Board of Regents, University of Nebraska.


Year after year, hundreds of farmers, ranchers and business owners attend the Women in Agriculture (WIA) conference with a purpose – to learn and to network. That’s more than 400 like-minded individuals who could potentially use their knowledge and skills to positively impact their personal and economic goals. Is this happening? Are the hundreds of loyal WIA attendees using their newly acquired knowledge to teach others, add value to their agricultural operations or serve as advocates for agriculture? In other words, is the WIA conference good for women agriculturalists and Nebraska’s agricultural industry?

In Spring 2012, 565 individuals who attended the 2011, 2010 or 2009 conferences were asked to participate in an evaluative survey of the WIA Conference. A total of 274 responded with information about themselves, their operations and their views about the effectiveness of the conference. Based on their responses, key findings emerged.