NPR - EXTENDING KNOWLEDGE AND EMPOWERING WOMEN IN AGRICULTURE: A LOGIC MODEL PERSPECTIVE FROM IOWA
Women have significant employment, management and ownership on Iowa farms. Farmwomen are willing to take on influential roles with education, research-based information and support. There is a critical need for education directed specifically to this group. The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach farm management team invested in 20 multi- session courses reaching 310 farm women in 2018. A logic model links investment in educational programs to resulting outcomes. Program evaluation demonstrates the ISU Extension farm management team has important roles in extending knowledge and empowering women. Transformational learning leads to improved farm profitability, new conservation practices adopted, and stronger networks among the community of women in agriculture. By improving agricultural sustainability, women in the industry are key stakeholders in the production of safe, accessible, and plentiful food.
Keywords: Annie’s Project, Extension, logic model, management, risk, women