CALEDONIA, Miss. (WCBI)-In recent news, Hispanic and Female farmers and ranchers are filing claims against the United States Department of Agriculture because they feel they have been discriminated against in past decades. WCBI News talks with one local female about her role in the farming industry.
Looking at Peggy Brock you wouldn’t guess she was a city girl that knew very little about farming. After becoming a farmer’s wife she had to learn the ropes of trade and has been doing it now for quite a while.
“I am a cattleman I tend to take care of cows, Brangus registered cows and I have been in the business since 73′,” says Peggy Brock.
After 40 years of being a farmer Peggy says, it’s a 24/7 that comes with hard work and dedication.
“You cant just roll over in the bed in the morning when it’s raining or it’s cold and especially if you have cattle,”
Peggy realizes the traditional role attached to a woman who lives on farm is believed throughout today’s society, but she believes women farmers are just as qualified as men are and is expecting a is expecting the number of women in farming to rise.
“I think it has just been like a myth that a woman was not able to handle like cattle or handle road crops and you see more and more that are taking over that have helped their fathers farm or their husbands farm,” says Brock.
With everyday comes new challenges and as female farmer, Peggy has learned how to find the joy in it all.
“You must prepare yourself first that not everyday will be sunshine and not everyday will be rain. So you take the good and you enjoy that and then store up a little bit because somedays are not going to be so good,” says Brock.
U.S. farmers produce about 40 percent of the world’s corn, using only 20 percent of the total area harvested in the world.