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Outreach strategies cropping up to help growing number of female farmers

One of the biggest changes to the face of agriculture and forestry these days in Chesapeake Bay states is women. That new demographic is leading some environmental groups and government agencies to launch new strategies for engaging female decision makers in projects that help water quality.

The unprecedented numbers tell part of the tale. Approximately 59% of farmland in Maryland is now owned or co-owned by women, or a woman makes decisions on the farm. Women hold those roles on 54% of farmland in Virginia; 55% in Pennsylvania, 53% in West Virginia and 60% in New York, according to the federal 2017 Census of Agriculture.

During the 5-year survey period, the number of male farmers declined by 1.7% nationwide while female ag producers leaped by 27%.

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Let’s go to bat for the Little Brown Bat!

White-nose syndrome has killed millions of bats in North America since it was first documented here in 2006–07. The disease has been particularly devastating for the little brown bat. How much do you know about the...
Kathleen Gaskell | Chesapeake Challenge 10/11/19

Ignoring science won’t make looming climate calamity go away

Always, I’ve assumed knowledge equals power. If you do the science that makes sense of a mysterious world, it enables you to comprehend your problems and you’ll eventually solve them. But what if it’s not...
Tom Horton | Chesapeake Born 10/09/19

Turkey Hill Trail stuffed with views of Susquehanna, birds

Where can you find the largest pawpaw patch north of Maryland, trace an old railroad bed along the Susquehanna River, hear the swoosh of wind turbines and meander through vast flowering meadows? And where, on the same hike,...
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