06.14.131:45 PM ET

Farming Attracts More Females

Number managed by women has tripled.

Old McDonald had a … bra? According to a recent analysis from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more women are getting into farming—and fast. The Agriculture Census found the amount of farms managed by women tripled over the past three decades. Even though women are running farms of all sizes, most run small farms that make less than $10,000. An economist said these women have other sources of incomes, too. Half of female farmers raise livestock but most specialize in crops, grain, and dairy—generating 72 percent of sales on all women’s farms.