Farm Wives Training

An article in the newspaper caught my eye yesterday (Women get more tools to make most out of farms). It’s not necessarily about broadband but it is about a program for farm wives that teaches them skill such as “about managing information systems, tracking production and financial records, risk management, handling human resources and networking.”

The article talks about the very hard job of being a arm wife and how the job (and farming) has changed so much in the last decade with the globalization of the market.

The article doesn’t mention the Internet or broadband but I think it must be assumed. What also is assumed then is that the access needs to be there, which is not always the case but in fairness at least most folks have some kind of Internet access. I love the idea of training people to use the tools. And I love the idea of focusing on training the women.

I’m not a farm wife – but I know that somehow it falls to me pay bills, make flight arrangements, research financial options, find directions to anywhere we’re going, teach the kids computer stuff (OK that’s because of my job). SO I think the impact will be more acute when providing training for women – but also I think the skills will be handed down to the next generation (and in the case of computer probably handed back to the earlier generation) quicker when you work through the moms.

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Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (, hosts a radio show on MN music (, supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota ( and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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