October 12, 2021
American Farm Bureau Federation in agreement to increase minority participation in US agriculture
The American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Society for Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) announced recently that they have entered into an agreement with the goal of increasing minority involvement in US agriculture.
A memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed on October 11 is expected to strengthen membership value for both organisations through collaboration on projects, including written content for each organisation's publications, providing leadership training and expertise and cross promoting programmes and events.
"We are excited to join with MANRRS and share Farm Bureau's resources and programmes with potential new farmers and the next generation of leaders in agriculture," said AFBF president Zippy Duvall. "Farmers and ranchers represent less than 2% of America's population but are responsible for feeding the entire country and beyond. We will need the brightest minds and new perspectives to continue meeting the growing demand for healthy, affordable food. We believe the partnership we're forming today will benefit both of our organisations and all of agriculture."
"The new partnership between MANRRS and the American Farm Bureau Federation will ensure that ALL of the voices of the agricultural community are heard as we work together to develop a well-trained workforce that not only identifies agricultural issues, but one that also addresses these challenges today and tomorrow, domestically and globally," said Dr. Olga Bolden-Tiller, president of the National Society of MANRRS.
The signing of the MOU is a continuation of AFBF's goal to expand coalitions and partnerships to increase the effectiveness of its grassroots organisation. Other partnerships include FFA and 4-H, which foster the growth of young people interested in pursuing careers in agriculture.