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Wellsville, Kansas, May 28, 2011 - One of fourth generation family farmer Robin Dunn's two retrievers, Champ, walks through the orchard where a wedding will be performed at Dunn's farm, Dunn's Landing. Dunn has expanded her farm to include agribusiness - using the farm for weddings, school tours, wagon rides, etc... - as a means to bring in extra income. She says diversity if the key to staying in business these days. ..Dunn bought her great grandparents homestead from her father in 1993, and today grows soybeans, corn, sorghum and hay, and maintains a small herd of Black Angus cattle and eight horses which she uses to for wagon and stage coach rides.  According to the most recent Department of Agriculture data, there are more than 306,000 farms run primarily by women in 2007, representing about 14 percent out of the 3.3 million American farms.  That's up from 237,819 or 11 percent in 2002, and a big increase from the 1980s when about five percent of U.S. farms were operated by women.Dunn has branched out from her farming business, using her century-old dairy barn to host 25 to 30 weddings and other events a year. She also attracts tourists for farm tours and carriage rides, and holds sessions with school children to teach them about faming.
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Wellsville, Kansas, May 28, 2011 - One of fourth generation family farmer Robin Dunn's two retrievers, Champ, walks through the orchard where a wedding will be performed at Dunn's farm, Dunn's Landing. Dunn has expanded her farm to include agribusiness - using the farm for weddings, school tours, wagon rides, etc... - as a means to bring in extra income. She says diversity if the key to staying in business these days. ..Dunn bought her great grandparents homestead from her father in 1993, and...
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