Maintaining Diversity in Agriculture II

Maintaining Diversity in Agriculture II

Maintaining Diversity in Agriculture II

A Midwest Homecoming Conference Session

Individual presentations from the Maintaining Diversity in Agriculture II session were:

I. Community CROPS

This urban agriculture project in Lincoln, Neb., has helped more than 100 beginning farmers from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds grow and market agricultural products. Benefit from the lessons learned from working with diverse growers. 
Ingrid Kirst, Community CROPS

 II. Issues Facing Spanish-Speaking Producers
Assess the needs of Spanish-speaker producers in such areas as risk management, organic agriculture, and record keeping and budgeting and learn about the barriers for their participation in educational programs. 
Martin Guerena, National Center for Appropriate Technology

 III. Improving Cultural Know-How for Educators

Latinos are the fastest-growing ethnic farming group in the U.S., but often lack access to resources provided by government and private sectors. Learn how to improve the access of Latino farmers to information and resources to improve their farming practices and well-being.
Juan Marinez, Michigan State University Extension

 IV. Bringing Women's Voices to the Table

The involvement of women in sustainable agriculture is growing, yet educational programming and services are not always geared toward them. Discuss strategies for more effectively addressing the needs of female farmers and landowners. 
Cassi Johnson, Women, Food, and Agriculture Network


This session was part of the national SARE conference A Midwest Homecoming, held August 15-17, 2006 in Oconomowoc, Wisc.

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This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.