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(Wyo.)-State Farming Community Becoming More Diverse

By: Roxie Graham-Marski Posted at: 04/22/2013 08:46 AM
     LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - The agriculture industry is becoming more diverse.
 
     Cole Ehmke (EHM'-kee) is associate extension educator at the University of Wyoming Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics.
 
     Ehmke says
that people who are getting into agriculture are not the typical farmers or ranchers people think of; more women and people of various ethnicities are getting involved. Ehmke says younger people are involving themselves, too.
 
     According to the 2007 Census of Agriculture the number of women operating farms increased by nearly 30 percent, from 2002 to 2007.
 
     The census also indicated farm operators are becoming more ethnically diverse.
 
     The number of farm operators of Spanish, Hispanic or Latino origin has increased about 10 percent.


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