Listen Now: Why U.S. Female Rancher Jobs Are Growing By The Day
The American west is changing hands.
When European settlers arrived in America, claiming land and raising livestock, the idea was the family ranch would be handed down through their male descendants. But times are a changing and now women, who have new ideas about technology, ecology and the land, are running a lot of ranches.
So where are the men going? According to MSN Money, they are leaving the ranching industry for jobs that are less gritty and need a lot less physical strength. So women are reclaiming the land.
According to The United States Department of Agriculture, in 2012 a woman ran fourteen percent of the country’s two point one million farms. That ratio could rise as more than half of the nation’s farms are expected to change hands over the next twenty years.
Women ranchers say they like the change, there is a lot less ego involved now and they are able to look at different ways to raise grass-fed cattle in humane ways.
But they say the downside is that some people don’t take them seriously, simply because they’re women.
CBS News Radio national business journalist Brian Banmiller has spent more than 40 years in the news industry, covering business, politics and the economy on television, radio and in print. Currently, his “Banmiller on Business” reports are delivered to an audience of millions nationwide.
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