Washington and Oregon Launch Program to Help Women Farmers, Ranchers, and Food Business Owners

Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA), the NASDA (National Association of State Departments of Agriculture) Foundation, and the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) have launched a three-part project to help women ag entrepreneurs succeed. The NASDA Foundation has begun an online survey that will inform development of a women’s business accelerator program due to launch in the fall/winter 2019. Women who own a farm/ranch or a farm-based food business in Washington or Oregon are invited to complete the survey by January 31, 2019. Women can also apply for a total of $40,000 in funds to launch, grow, or scale their businesses. The competition opens January 1, 2019. Both the survey and the competition will help launch a NASDA Women Farm to Food Accelerator Program–a 90-day program that will offer training, skill building, and networking tailored to the needs of women in agribusiness.