GENESEO, N.Y., MARCH. 22, 2023 — The Livingston County Board of Supervisors has declared March 24, 2023, as Women in Agriculture Day throughout Livingston County.
The Board’s proclamation recognizes the important role of women in the field of agriculture, particularly in providing a safe, healthy, affordable, and abundant food supply to the County, state, nation, and the world. In the United States, more than 1,200,000 females are engaged in agricultural production, making up more than a third of the nation’s agricultural producers. Additionally, women-operated farms sold approximately $148 billion in agricultural products in 2017, accounting for 38% of the total agriculture sales in the U.S. that year.
The Board also recognized the vital contributions of women in agriculture across various commodity and industry fields, such as research and development, manufacturing, sales and distribution, agricultural education, agribusiness, and advocacy. Women farmers also play a critical role in fostering the next generation of the agricultural workforce by promoting STEM and agricultural education and entrepreneurial and community initiatives.
Women in Agriculture Day recognizes women farmers from all racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds and walks of life, while highlighting the importance of agriculture as a vital industry and economic driver in New York State. The County will celebrate the day in conjunction with National Women in Agriculture Day and National Women's History Month. All citizens are encouraged to recognize women in agriculture and praise the significant impacts these women have had on food resources.
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About Livingston County:
Founded in 1821, Livingston County, N.Y., is comprised of more than 61,000 residents in 17 towns located across 631 square miles of the Finger Lakes region.