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Rural America: Next Generation of Farmers; The Changing Face of Agriculture (Power Point Presentation)

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Microsoft Word - MarinezCP.doc Rural America: Next Generation of Farmers; “The Changing Face of Agriculture” Juan Marinez Michigan State University Dr. Victor Garcia Professor of Anthropology Bernardo Lopez Ariza PhD Student - MSU Agricultural Outlook Forum, Washington DC February 17 2006 Copyright 2008 by Juan Marinez, Dr. Victor Garcia and Bernardo Lopez. All rights reserved. Readers may make verbatim copies of this document for non-commercial purposes by any means, provided that this copyright notice appears on all such copies. Rural America: Next Generation of Farmers; “The Changing Face Of Agriculture” Juan Marinez Michigan State University Dr. Victor Garcia Professor of Anthropology Bernardo Lopez Ariza PhD Student - MSU Washington DC February 17 2005 Introduction •The Hispanic population is the fastest growing and largest minority group in the United States. •Historically, Hispanic farms were concentrated in a few states. However in the 1990s, the number of Hispanic farms outside this border region increased and the geographic distribution of Hispanic farms transformed from a regional to a national phenomenon Changes in Agriculture • In 2000, there was a 25% growth of Hispanics in rural America. • There has been a 51.2% increase in the number of principal operators of Spanish, Hispanic, or Latino origin between 1997 and 2002 • 2002, from 33,450 to 50,592. Of those farms, 10 percent were operated by Hispanic women, the largest group of minority women principal operators • There are at least twice as many Hispanic farmers and ranchers as any other group of minority operators • Hispanic farmers, statistically, are less likely to obtain USDA operating and farm ownership loans and conservation assistance (Hispanic Business) • Hispanic-operated farms comprised more than 20.8 million acres of farmla

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