Agricultural Economics Department


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Cornhusker Economics (March 2011)


Comments: Published by University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension, Institute of Agriculture & Natural Resources, Department of Agricultural Economics. Copyright © [2011] Board of Regents, University of Nebraska.


Taking Charge of Our Future was the theme of the 26th Women in Agriculture (WIA) Conference, February 17-18, 2011. Nearly 400 women participated in the event, hosted by the Department of Agricultural Economics, University Extension and the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR).

Attendees were from all corners of Nebraska, with others making the trip from Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota and Indiana. The average attendee has attended the conference six times over the 26 years. For 53 women this was their first experience attending a WIA Conference, and two have attended the conference all 26 years. The College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources sponsored 15 students attending the conference this year. Other interesting statistics show that the average participant has been involved in agriculture for 25.4 years, 49 percent are employed off the farm and 20.3 percent have a spouse working off the farm. Those attending are responsible for 168,500 acres of crop/grassland and 64,146 head of livestock – with everything from cattle, hogs and feeder cattle to donkeys, llamas and show cattle.