University of Nebraska–Lincoln Women in Agriculture 2012 Survey

Women have always been an integral partner in the success of Nebraska agriculture. They have worked in roles that are often left undefined, yet vital to the health and well-being of their agricultural operation and to the agricultural community at large. As societal and economic changes have occurred, so have the roles ofwomen producers within and beyond the farm or ranch operation. 
 Realizing the important role women have within the agricultural industry the University of Nebraska—Lincoln Extension Service, located within Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources started the Nebraska Women in Agriculture (WIA) conference in 1985 to assist women in their agricultural businesses. To evaluate the effectiveness of the program and to determine if conference participants are utilizing information and skills gained through the conference, an evaluative study was conducted of 565 individuals who participated in the 2009, 2010, or 2011 WIA conferences.