This report outlines findings of a project to reach out to Hispanic and Latino farmers and ranchers in Nebraska. We learned about the barriers, challenges and limitations they face to start, develop and sustain their farming and ranching operations. The project also explored farmers’ and ranchers’ relationships with the USDA, with particular emphasis on access to programs.
Despite the booming increase of Hispanics and Latinos in the state over the last decade, a strange phenomenon occurred between 2002 and 2007: A significant number of farmers and ranchers with Hispanic and Latino origins fled the agricultural sector of Nebraska.
The question we should be asking is: Why has Nebraska been unable to integrate this new generation of Hispanics and Latinos who have been migrating and settling in the state since the 1980’s into the agricultural sector as stakeholders?
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