The Hispanic Farmer Outreach Program began in June 2015.
Our Objectives Include:
Pursuing and publishing a thorough study of agriculture in the Southeast and Caribbean which addresses the needs and contributions of Hispanic/Latino farmers.
Incorporating a data-driven approach to understanding the gaps in knowledge and accessibility of services to these underserved farmers and communities.
Recruiting and involving representative Hispanic/Latino agricultural leaders to participate in educational modules, to serve their communities in sustainable ways, to promote their abilities, and to advocate for themselves.
What We Offer
We would like to support you and help you succeed in your agricultural businesses.
Links to the USDA
The Establishing of Relationships
Below you will find examples of our outreach efforts. Feel free to click on the individual boxes to learn more about each project.
Southeast Hispanic Farmer
The Southeast Hispanic Farmer Outreach Program (SHFO) intends to support and sustain connections between cooperative extension services and socially disadvantaged Hispanic farmers in the Southeast of the USA.
Farmer Centered Outreach &
Education Puerto Rico
The Farmer-Centered Outreach and Education Program’s purpose is to establish a proactive network of outreach specialists, mobilize farmer leaders, support NRCS’ conservationists, create an interactive farmers’ data clearinghouse, and provide relevant education using a variety of outreach channels and connections for socially disadvantaged farmers and operators not only with USDA-NRCS but other USDA agricultural services and programs.
This initiative was located in Culebra, Puerto Rico, and was a partnership between mano-Y-ola and Mujeres de Islas to support NRCS-guided conservation practices and outreach to the island.
Champions in Conservation
The Champions in Conservation is a project which utilizes the concept of developing a “learning network” of agricultural professionals, youth and farmers which are equipped to address and promote conservation practices (NRCS guidelines) in their own communities.
Hispanic Farmer Equity
Farmer Equity Outreach Program (HFEOP) is a cooperative agreement with mano-Y-ola and the NRCS’s Outreach and Partnerships Division (OPD) to deliver outreach and conservation and technical assistance to historically underserved Hispanic farmers.
Since 2018, mano-Y-ola, in cooperation with USDA-NRCS state offices across the United States, has recruited 42 student interns. Many are currently in a graduate program or working at NRCS offices across the country, including Puerto Rico. In addition, several continued to volunteer time to lead and serve as Student Learning Network Advisory members. The primary purpose of the Advisory is to establish direct and ongoing connections with USDA agencies to:
Help promote young Hispanic talent across USDA.
Organize education activities to support agricultural conservation.
Assist mano-Y-ola’s team in planning and growing future internship programs.
The Hispanic/Latinx Student Learning Network Advisory promotes young professional Hispanic talent and accomplishments while connecting with agencies, Hispanic professionals in agriculture, student groups, and student interns.
Promoting Agricultural Ideas
Advisory Mini Series
This video series was created for agricultural enthusiasts: farmers, entrepreneurs, hobbyists, and those interested in learning about farming incentives offered by the federal government.
In this project, we will be inviting local farmers to share their experiences and to act as examples as we together promote new agricultural ideas.
In our videos, we will be sharing methods of soil and water conservation as well as providing information about different federal programs and grants available to new farmers.
We want to make videos that you want to see!
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