Minority Issues

Demographics. 2007 Census of Agriculture

USDA. National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Presents Census data and summaries about current trends of American Indian, Asian, African American, and Hispanic farmers.

Black Farming and Land Loss: A History

Public Broadcasting System.

Documents the history of Blacks in farming from the newly freed slaves of 1863 to today. Includes a timeline, stories of Black farmers and their descendants, and a teachers' guide.

Meeting the Diverse Needs of Limited-Resource Producers: An Educator's Guide

USDA. Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education.

"This free bulletin features nine success stories from around the country as a jumping off point for adapting innovative programs to varied areas. It also provides 'how-to' ideas for educators, socio-economic characteristics/barriers to working with varied audiences, proven teaching methods and successful connection strategies."

Racial and Ethnic Diversity Is Increasing in Rural America (PDF | 4.5 MB)

USDA. Economic Research Service.

According to U.S. Census Bureau county population estimates taken in 2005, "racial and ethnic minorities now make up 19 percent of nonmetro residents and are geographically dispersed throughout the Nation." Overview, reports and data about critical demographic and economic trends and characteristics of rural minority residents.

Outreach and Education Programs

USDA. Farm Service Agency.

Outreach Coordinator contacts and initiatives for special audiences: African-Americans, American Indians, Alaskan Natives, Asian/Pacific Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics, and Women.

Hispanic Farming and Ranching in the United States

USDA. National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

This project focuses on the issues facing Hispanic and Latino farmers and ranchers. The Final Report (2007) includes a comprehensive bibliography and a directory of public and private organizations serving this population.

National Appeals Division

United States Department of Agriculture

Any person who receives an adverse program decision from USDA's Farm Service Agency, Risk Management Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, or the three USDA Rural Development agencies may file an appeal with NAD.

Minority Farm Register

USDA. Farm Service Agency. Office of Minority and Socially Disadvantaged Farmers Assistance.

"The USDA Minority Farm Register is a tool to promote equal access to USDA farm programs and services for minority farmland owners, farmers, ranchers tenants and other individuals with an agricultural interest."

National Black Farmers Association

National Black Farmers Association (NBFA).

Community-based group involved in advocacy, land retention and rural development for black and other small farmers throughout the country.