Women More Prominent in W. Va. Agriculture

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Women’s role in agriculture in West Virginia is becoming more prominent.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 29 percent of farmers in the state are women, or 9,320.

West Virginia University assistant professor Doolarie Singh-Knights tells The State Journal ( ) that the rate of women in West Virginia entering farming is three times the national average.

She says the WVU Extension Service has made educating and training women in agriculture a priority.

The agency will host the second annual Women in Agriculture Conference Oct. 23-24 at Canaan Valley Resort.

Singh-Knights says the conference will provide training to help women develop production, management, business planning and risk management skills.