Agronomy professor harvests peanuts Credit: UF/IFAS file.
Women earn 44% of the doctorates in agricultural sciences, but hold just 23% of the tenure-track faculty positions, according to a new IFAS study. Diane Rowland, an IFAS agronomy professor, harvesting peanuts for demonstration at the University of Florida Teaching Farm, participated in the study, which was led by one of her former doctoral students.

Fewer women hold leadership positions in ag academia

Women earn nearly half of ag sciences doctorates but are gaining only limited stature.

Despite earning 44% of the doctorates in agricultural sciences, women hold just 23% of the tenure-track faculty positions at U.S. land-grant institutions, according to a new study led by a research team at the University of Florida Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences (IFAS).

Although the new figure is nearly double the 12% reported in 2005, females hold very few administrative positions in agricultural academia, the study found. They also hold fewer significant roles on the

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