May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, and Asian American farmers have a rich history of contribution to the U.S. food economy that dates back to the late 1800s. It is important to recognize the impact Asian Americans have — and continue to have — on farming and food culture in the U.S. Below are two fascinating Asian individuals who have helped to shape agricultural practices in the U.S.
Authored by Tamika Sims, PhD:
April is National Sexual Harassment Awareness and Prevention Month. The agricultural industry needs to pay particular attention to the issue because it includes most characteristics of employment situations associated with high rates of harassment, according to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, including:
- working in an isolated context;
- lacking legal immigration status or having only a temporary work visa;
- working in a male-dominated job; and
- working in a setting with significant power differentials.
Photo Credit: Equitable Food Initiative
After Chris and Theda Pogue retired from military service, the family of five settled down and officially began GP Ranch in 2018 in Sulphur Springs, Texas. The operation includes a herd of bison and a mix of Heritage pigs, chicken, and turkey. They also produce leafy greens like lettuce, cabbage, and kale, as well as tomatoes, corn, snow peas, sugar snap peas, carrots, broccoli, onions, garlic, watermelon, squash, and pumpkins on a 1.5-acre garden plot. Both Chris and Theda are graduates of the third BattleGround to Breaking Ground cohort. Check out their story below.
2022 is in full swing and so are New Year’s Resolutions. Farmers and ranchers are a unique population in that, with each new season, they are recommitting to their goals and contributing to a safe, sustainable food supply. Below are a few practical resolutions agricultural producers can make that will lead to positive change in the New Year.
For 30 years Texas AgrAbility has been making it possible for individuals with disabilities to work in their chosen profession of agriculture. Since beginning in 1990 the program has supported over 18,000 farmers and ranchers!
Photo Credit: USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture
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“What Does Veterans Day Mean to You?”
Each year on November 11, our nation comes together to celebrate the military members and veterans who have so bravely served our country. We asked our team members to reflect on what this holiday means to them, and invite you to do the same. Some of these individuals have family members that serve; others have served themselves. Regardless of their personal stories, all of them believe this is an important day to thank and celebrate those who fight to keep us safe.
September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Below are the main three ways you can educate yourself and others on suicide awareness and prevention efforts.
Authored by: Victoria Walsh
Working on a farm may sound idyllic, but statistics show, agricultural workers are, in fact, more likely to suffer from extreme stress and depression than others in related industries.
Pressures of rural life can negatively impact mental health. With levels of stress and depression in the farming industry increasing year on year and suicide rates in agricultural workers among the highest in any related occupational group, mental ill-health signs must be spotted early for treatment to be effective. [continue reading…]
Think of a migrant worker? What came to mind? Was it a young man who travels abroad to find jobs in agriculture, construction, restaurants, or some other field of interest? I bet you (and I’m not a betting gal) that you didn’t think of a woman. I could definitely be wrong (this happens quite often) but women are increasingly becoming more and more a part of the migrant farmworker population.
March is Women’s History Month! We celebrate the women in this field, entrepreneurs, business owners, researchers, farmers, and stewards of the land, who have been referred to as “the backbone of the world’s food systems” by Foodtank.com.
Sarah Small of Foodtank.com gives homage to 25 women in food and agriculture who are reshaping food systems around the world. Check them out here, Women We Love: 25 Influential Women in Food and Agriculture.