More than 30 percent of U.S. farmers and ranchers are women and their numbers continue to grow.

Fortunately, opportunities for women involved in today’s agriculture are virtually unlimited.

But some challenges still remain. That is why the Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee strives to empower women to use their enthusiasm, dedication and talent to change perceptions about agriculture, family farms and ranches and the role of women in these arenas.

Our efforts to influence perceptions include coordinating educational programs in rural communities in addition to offering leadership development programs that are open to all Farm Bureau women.

Women’s Communications Boot Camp, which we have held annually each summer since 2007, is one opportunity we provide for women in agriculture from across the country to improve their skills.

All of those selected to participate share the same goal, to become better communicators.