New farm program aims to educate minority farmers

The Agriculture and Food Science Department of SR1 initiates opportunities for Agricultural Education Programs and the COOL Agriculture Project. The department received a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture to start an agricultural project designed to educate and train 70 beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers to plan, launch and support independent organic agricultural businesses. The program plans to address the lack of minority-owned organic farms. Organizers say none of Mississippi’s 29 organic farms are minority-owned. Agricultural scientist Jailyn Smith said the program could help change the perspective of farming. “Minorities such as Latin-X, natives and black people should join this program. If you are involved in this program, you are living up to that slave mentality when in fact you could be putting a different perspective on it, showing you’re involved in the community,” Smith said. Smith said beginning farmers will work with an experienced team to learn about the business and finances for successful farming. The new program is free for the 70 participants who register Applications will be accepted until April 18th.

The Agriculture and Food Science Department of SR1 initiates opportunities for Agricultural Education Programs and the COOL Agriculture Project.

The department received a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture to start an agricultural project designed to educate and train 70 beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers to plan, launch and support independent organic agricultural businesses.

The program plans to address the lack of minority-owned organic farms. Organizers say none of Mississippi’s 29 organic farms are minority-owned.

Agricultural scientist Jailyn Smith said the program could help change the perspective of farming.

“Minorities such as Latin-X, natives and black people should join this program. If you are involved in this program, you are living up to that slave mentality when in fact you could be putting a different perspective on that, showing that you’re involved in the community,” Smith said.

Smith said newbie farmers will work with an experienced team to learn about the business and finances for successful farming.

The new program is free for the 70 participants who register

Applications will be accepted until April 18.

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