1st Hispanic Farmers and
Agricultural Professionals Symposium
The number of Hispanic farmers and farm administrators continues to grow rapidly. In the 11 Southeast Region states, over 15,000 farms are operated by a Hispanic/Latino farmer. These farmers produce commodities and crops that include beef cattle, greenhouses, nursery, poultry, egg production, hog and pig farming, and tobacco, just to name a few.
The 1st Hispanic Farmers and Agricultural Professionals Symposium was held Friday, September 13, 2019, at the North Carolina Farm Bureau headquarters in Raleigh, North Carolina. Over 125 people attended, among them 39 Hispanic farmers that learned about the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs, services, and incentives that support agricultural production, conservation, and administration practices.
Following the symposium, on Saturday, September 14, 2019, a farm demonstration was hosted to highlight agricultural conservation practices by specialists from the USDA Natural Resources and Conservation Service department. Please see below for more information about the conference, included are recordings of the live streaming offered during the symposium, photos, and presentations.
The future of American agriculture is connected to developing leaders among Hispanic farmers to mentor and represent a growing number of farmers in local committees to advise the USDA and local agricultural organizations. Hispanic farmer leaders can leave a legacy of supporting American families and communities to grow a vibrant and robust agriculture industry in the United States. Follow us on Facebook to learn more about our outreach programs and future conferences.
1. To highlight the growth and presence of Hispanic farmers in the Southeast region of the US (including Puerto Rico.)
2. To underscore the work of Hispanic agricultural professionals in USDA positions, including student interns success (Pathway interns from Puerto Rico)
3. To highlight agricultural conservation practices among Hispanic producers.
4. To increase familiarity of USDA agency programs, services and career opportunities in Hispanic communities across the Southeast Region
5. To celebrate Hispanic contributions to agriculture and the economy during Hispanic Heritage Month
Symposium Program 2019
Opening of Symposium
1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
College Programs in Agriculture and Conservation
National Hispanic Leadership Panel
2:15 pm - 3:00 pm
USDA Careers: Student Program and Internship Opportunities
3:15 pm - 4:40 pm
Young Hispanic Leaders' Panel