EXTENDING KNOWLEDGE AND EMPOWERING WOMEN IN AGRICULTURE: A LOGIC MODEL PERSPECTIVE FROM IOWA

Madeline M. Schultz¹, Lisa F. Scarbrough², Lorilee J. Schultz³

¹Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

²Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

³Mil-R-Mor Dairy Farm Manager

 

ABSTRACT

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.


BIOGRAPHY

Madeline Schultz is a program manager with the Iowa State University Department of Economics, member of the ISU Extension and Outreach farm management team, and co-leader of the ISU Extension and Outreach Women in Ag program. Madeline works to develop educational programs, increase connections among women in agriculture, build the professional capacity of educators, and steward funding in order to help women improve their lives and contribute to national food security. Madeline also coordinates Iowa’s Annie’s Project courses. She contributed leadership to Annie’s Project nationally from 2008-15. Madeline began her career with ISU Extension and Outreach in 2003. She earned bachelor degrees in agribusiness and economics and a master’s degree in business administration with an interest in sustainable agriculture from Iowa State.

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