Women in Ag Day represents women's growth in field

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP)- Between a hard winter and recent flooding disasters, agriculturalists are facing tough times. But that couldn't stop local farmers and ranchers from gathering for Women's Agriculture Day in North Platte on Wednesday.

Topics varied from relief efforts for lost livestock to establishing equitable pasture rents. There was also a self care portion, where a mental health counselor discussed coping with stress and anxiety within the field.

Kristy King of the Natural Resources Conservation Service says the event has grown each year since starting in 2014. King added that women's involvement in agriculture has increased in recent years too.

"Women are definitely becoming more involved in direct production Ag. There's more woman that are owning land, owning cattle, farming. That number has increased and that number is increasing every year. Now we see more women working from home doing the day to day operations while the husband works off the farm for insurance or income purposes," said King.

A statewide woman in agriculture conference is held in Kearney each year, but King wanted to give women a chance to meet locally also.