Farming Barriers, Challenges Faced by Latino Farmers
The Center for Rural Affairs isreaching out to Hispanic and Latino farmers. They say that despite the boom in thepopulation of Latinos in the state, a large number have fled the agriculturesector.
The center is working to helpintegrate the new generation of Latinos into the farm and ranch sector asstakeholders. And they're hosting farm tours as part of their "Beginning Latino Farmer Program".
Scott Garcia, of Garcia Farms, hostedone of the central Nebraska tours.
He said,"One of the biggest hurdles right now is that a lot of the lawsand a lot of the policies are focused on the larger farmer, so it's good to havethe support network that can help you figure out permits you need and what kind of regulations there are for theproducts you're trying to have."
Some limitations and barriers Hispanicand Latino producers face deal with ways to access USDA programs.
Garcia said though his family hasfarmed for more than 40 years, it's still tough for seasoned farmers to expand.
The toughest part is the legalities. Garcia said, "You have to find a small facility underUSDA inspection so you can sell yourproducts to the farmer's market or to health stores."