Minorities in Agriculture

Two African American women examining crops in the field.Learn about minorities in agriculture - outreach and education programs, diversity in agriculture, history, demographics and statistics, and contributions to sustainable agriculture and local food systems. The 2012 Census of Agriculture shows that there were 151,942 minority-operated farms. Hispanic principal operators increased from 2007 to 2012 by 21 percent.

New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

In follow up to the 1989 report, Agriculture at Risk: A Report to the Nation, this study reviews more recent data looking at occupational safety issues specific to Hispanic, African-American, Caribbean and Haitian and Native American minorities.

USDA. National Agricultural Statistics Service.

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

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.

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, socioeconomic characteristics/barriers to working with varied audiences, proven teaching methods and successful connection strategies."

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.

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.

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.

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."