Minority Landowner Magazine
Zach Ducheneaux, USDA Farm Service Agency Administrator
Victor Harris, publisher and editor of Minority Landowner Magazine, and Dr. Loren Henderson, an associate professor in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, sit down with Zach Ducheneaux, the USDA Farm Service Agency Administrator. They discuss important topics including who is Farm Service Agency; an overview of their farm loan programs; the history of discrimination against Black and other minority farmers; the issue of farm foreclosures; initiatives under the Biden Administration to address discrimination; the experience and treatment farmers should expect when they walk into a Farm Service Agency office seeking assistance; farm stress and suicide prevention; and much more.
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The three-day conference theme is Focus on The Farm - Focus on The Farmer - Focus on The Future.
We start with a focus on technical and financial assistance programs including farm planning, farm loans, high tunnels, forest management and a farmer-led Problem-Solving Roundtable.
Next, we focus on topics that personally impact the life of the farmer to include mental health; occupational hazards; and mentorship programs. We also hear from Farmer of the Year winners about what makes their operations a national success story and how they balance farming and life.
We conclude with a look to the future, providing training on wills, estate planning and heirs' property; a review of trends within the agricultural census data; a student-led panel on the future of agriculture; and a report from the Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Policy Research Center.