COLUMBUS - One in 10 farms in Kentucky are operated by women; some have long been active managers and others suddenly find themselves responsible for the farm when their spouses die or are disabled.
Recognizing the difficult position in which some women may suddenly find themselves, organizers of a recent Women in Agriculture meeting at Columbus-Belmont State Park made it one of the main topics on the agenda."Men die younger than women so typically what happens is the wife is left to manage the farm," said Suzanne Badenhop, family resource management specialist with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service. "Some may know what to do, some may not."
Equipping women with the information needed to transition from farm wife to farm owner or operator just makes sense, said Sara Bogle, Fulton County Extension agent for family and consumer sciences.
"We think people are kind of lost when a spouse or parent dies and they are left to make decisions, so we thought this group needed the information," Bogle said "We hope this arms them with some information so they can make wise choices."