Women in Agriculture

Recently, I announced that I will not be renewing my contract with Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation (MAITC) as their foundation director. I loved my time with MAITC, but have found that I have a true passion for working on our family farm and telling our farm story. I am one of those people who does everything 100% and wanted to follow my passion.

After I made my announcement, I was surprised at some of the response I received from other women. I thought in this day of age women were encouraged to follow their passions. I am not sure if people think the role of a women on the farm is to rear the children, bake pies and flit around the house in an apron. Based on the responses I received it seems that some women think I am sabotaging my resumé.

That idealistic notion is great and all, but it is far from reality. No longer are women just “farm wives.” They are active management partners, owners and even sole owners. In 2007 (the latest NASS data), there were over 306,000 women principal operators and over 260,000 were full owners of the operation.¬† There is a total of 985,192 women farm operators in the United States; representing 45% of the farms.

My new role on the farm is to have expanded responsibilities with the calves and young-stock, continue to work on marketing and social media, and continue to help where needed. I will also continue to represent our farm on the Scott County Farm Advisory Task Force, Scott County City to Country Tour and Minnesota Organic Advisory Task Force.

Lisa (Tim’s mom) has always been an integral part of the farming operation. She can do all and any farm work, manages the finances, manages employees and helps with critical decision making. CFO, HR Director, Animal Care Specialist; what great titles to have on a resume.

As I embark on this new journey in my life, I will embrace it with pride. It is an honor to be a part of a great business that each day produces healthy and wholesome milk and meat for your family.


Zweber Farms is a 4th generation family operated organic dairy. We also specialize in sustainably raised beef, pork and chicken and sell it directly to customers in Minnesota.Visit our website to learn more, http://www.zweberfarms.com


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2 responses to “Women in Agriculture

  1. Brandy


    You go girl!

    Being involved in all aspects of your livelihood is an admirable pursuit indeed! Farm life is challenging, difficult, and can be down-right dangerous. I wonder if those who questioned your choices have any idea what all it incompasses.

    Best wishes to you as you “move on”.


  2. I am sorry you had that negative experience. How tragic would it be to NOT have a woman on the farm. You know what works best for your family. After all, isn’t it our perogative to change our mind?

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