Racial Diversity in Agriculture

Two African American women examining crops in the field.
Learn about the racial diversity that exists in agriculture - outreach and education programs, 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.

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.

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.

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.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Explore U.S. tribal and community food projects, success stories, and reports about people who are rebuilding local, equitable food systems. Full-text reports include, Intertribal Food Systems: A National Intertribal Survey and Report.

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. 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.