The Council works to support diversity improvements for the agricultural industry.

Without the right people, an agricultural operation cannot thrive. But to attract the right people, you need to create a welcoming and inclusive workplace—a place where people of different genders, religions, nationalities, cultures, sexual orientations, languages, and abilities can feel comfortable, respected, and valued.

Building and maintaining a stable and skilled workforce is one of the biggest priorities for farm owners or managers.

Important work is currently underway to examine and address critical barriers to advancement facing women in the industry in order to support improved access to leadership opportunities and strengthen business success for women working in agriculture.


Non-traditional Agricultural Labour Sources

Develop a Diverse Workforce with the AgriHR Toolkit

A Way Forward on Diversity and Inclusion in Agriculture

The Canadian Agricultural HR Council has undertaken foundational research to examine and address critical barriers to advancement facing women in the agriculture industry in order to support improved access to leadership opportunities and strengthen business success for women working in agriculture. Supporting the Advancement of Women in Agriculture examined the barriers that women face in pursuing leadership roles and provides tools to help break down those barriers. The research indicated that more needs to be done to ensure that women can participate to their fullest extent in the agriculture industry.  Learn more...

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Together We Grow Coalition 

The Together We Grow coalition, comprised of 45 agriculture industry, agribusiness, education and government members, was formed in 2016 with the goal of growing a diverse pipeline of talent - now and into the future - for the U.S. Agriculture industry.

Together We Grow is focused on attracting the best and brightest talent to the agriculture sector’s increasingly high-tech industry. The group hopes to awaken more Americans to the incredible value they can bring to the evolving agriculture industry. This consortium is made up of companies, non-governmental organizations, universities and government agencies with a stake in American agriculture and a commitment to building a modern workforce that reflects the communities in which we live and work.

Diversifying the agriculture workforce is no simple task.

By working together, Together We Grow will transform the agriculture industry to create a skilled, diverse and inclusive workforce with the experience and capabilities to meet workforce needs in the future.

Together We Grow is committed to working with partners to build a modern workforce with the capacity to meet the needs of a growing world. For more information, visit

Priorities are:

Sharing best practices and data to replicate and scale proven strategies.

Creating awareness in Grades K-12 to educate students about agriculture at an early age.

Building the pipeline by creating greater access to agriculture opportunities for students at the post-secondary level and in urban areas.

Deepening collaboration among stakeholders and developing programs to enhance inclusiveness.

Maximizing investment to promote more effective funding platforms.

Previous Research:

Supporting the Advancement of Women in Agriculture

A comprehensive assessment of the current situation facing women in agriculture was conducted using a gender lens to explore the contribution of women to the industry, the barriers they experience, priority options for improvements, and the effectiveness of current services. This informed the development of the following program and elements:

Supporting Women in Agricultural Leadership Program
  • Supporting Women in Agricultural Leadership Site – an online resource designed to capture and disseminate all related information for the women in agriculture community, including links to available leadership position opportunities and leadership training options.
  • Supporting Women in Agricultural Leadership Network – CAHRC supports Women in Agriculture groups to enable women to exchange information and develop professionally.
  • Supporting Women in Agricultural Leadership Suite – instructive reference materials to support increased advancement opportunities for women. This suite includes guides, checklists, templates and supporting webinars for Boards and training institutions to improve the accessibility of opportunities for women.

The initiative was partnership-based with extensive support and contribution from national and regional associations supporting the agricultural sector, training and education providers, and women’s groups. The work also involved gathering input and feedback directly from women working in agriculture, and the support of an Advisory Group of professionals representing key stakeholders to oversee the project activities and ensure meaningful results.

Through this project, organizations have access to specific tools and reference materials to guide them in removing barriers while supporting women’s participation in senior leadership roles. Finally, women have access to a one-stop, credible forum for reference material, information exchange, networking & opportunities to support their career success.  

Through the commitment and involvement of our project partners, along with stakeholders throughout the agricultural industry, this initiative addressed critical barriers to advancement facing women. The project was funded by Status of Women Canada.