Latino farmers and ranchers in our study states - Nebraska and Missouri - are very entrepreneurial. they seek ways to expand their farming and ranching operations, both in size and scope. But significant barriers exist for them to realize their ideas.
Some barriers are similar to those expressed by all beginning farmers and ranchers – a lack of resources such as land, capital, equipment and knowledge. Though Latino farmers and ranchers lack awareness of where to get assistance to address these barriers.
They also face barriers other beginning farmers and ranchers do not, language and cultural barriers chief among them. They have, at best, limited knowledge of USDA programs. USDA has minimal outreach to Latino farmers and ranchers in both states. Language and cultural awareness are the major barriers on both sides of the relationship.
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