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Opinion: Where are the female and minority farmers?
February 8th, 2013
12:06 PM ET

Opinion: Where are the female and minority farmers?

Editor's note: Diana Prichard lives and works at the intersection of the alternative food movement and the reality of modern agriculture and believes that a finer-tuned food future is possible without all the in-fighting. She operates a small, niche pork operation; running a few hundred hogs per year in the heart of Michigan's farm country. You can follow her story at RighteousBacon.comTwitter and Facebook.

By Diana Prichard, Special to CNN

(CNN) - I’ll never forget my first agriculture conference. I carefully selected the sessions I wanted to attend and made sure I arrived at the one and only panel dedicated to women in ag early. I picked a seat, pulled my favorite pen and a trusty notebook out of my bag and got ready for what I assumed would be an education-filled hour.

And I suppose, in hindsight, what followed was an education – just not in the way I’d expected.

I will never get back the sixty minutes of my life I spent in that room and all I have to show for it is the knowledge of how a couple dozen women met their husbands. Or, as they were lovingly referred to that day, “their farmers.” I suppose I could have shared a video of my own birth to shake things up a bit. That is, after all, when I met myself, but at the time all I could muster was stunned silence.

The sexism wasn’t new, of course. It was sitting in a room full of other women that I had wrongly assumed would understand it that caught me by surprise.

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. The_Truth

    They were farmers 150 yrs ago...
    They didn't like it.

    February 11, 2013 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  2. Bryan

    Diana, you really think that there should be more minority farmers? I'm ashamed that you even think that lack of minorities on the farm is even a problem. You should move to South Africa

    February 10, 2013 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Big Shiz

    There getting real jobs and having children outside the family.

    February 8, 2013 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |