Female farmer standing in new chicken barnThe University of Idaho says more women are enrolling in agricultural programs. Extension educator Colette DePhelps says she expects more women in roles as technical assistance providers outside of university extension. In fact, current enrollment for the University of Idaho agricultural programs is 64% female. Average female enrollment from 2013-2017 was 59.3% and from 2018 to 2022 was 63.4%.

Meanwhile, Oregon State University has seen female enrollment in agricultural program increase from 55.4% to 65.1% over the last decade. Overall, the percentage of female students pursuing agricultural and food systems degrees has ranged from 31% to 51% for the fall 2022 semester.

Read more on the increase in women pursuing agriculture degrees here.