Although the Selective Service agency granted 4,192,000 draft deferments to farmers throughout the course of World War II, the U.S. Department of Agriculture recognized that this number alone would never be enough to harvest the food necessary to feed both the home front and the armed forces. With this shortage in mind, the Women's Land Army was created in 1943 to provide that essential farm labor that proved so vital in winning the war. Between the years 1943 and 1945 millions of American women from various backgrounds rolled up their denim sleeves and got the job done.
The attached CLICK MAGAZINE article is one of the first to tell the tale of the Women's Land Army in America (Britain also had one), it was printed at a time when there were only 60,000 women tilling the fertile soil of the fruited plains.
Additional articles about the rolls American women performed during the Second World War can be read here.