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.
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.
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
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.
February is American Heart Month and promotes women’s heart health. Did you wear your red on February 3rd? Each year this day is dedicated to raising awareness for heart disease in women. Heart disease and stroke cause death in 1 out of 3 women each year, that is almost one woman every 80 seconds!
The health needs of women in Agriculture may be overlooked. Despite the fact that 31% of all American farmers are women, in 2018, Successful Farming claimed that health and safety education for the Agriculture population is most often aimed at men. See the article on this topic written by Lisa Foust Prater
We are two weeks into September but it is not too late to mention that this month is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. With all that is going on in this world, we would be remiss to not provide resources. Please check out The Texas Agriculture Law’s Blog and see some of the free mental health and rural America discussions they will have this month. I plan to attend as many as possible so I can begin to build a foundation for how I might support myself and others. Please click on the link to explore Texas Agriculture Law Blog on National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
February has been designated as the month to celebrate African-Americans and their contribution to society. African American farmers have contributed immensely to the field and life of Agriculture. There have been several inventions, ideas, and practices that have increased the efficiency and productivity of farmers across the world. For example, George Washington Carver, an agricultural scientist, inventor, and educator developed a crop rotation method to enhance soil that was depleted of nitrogen so that it produced crops other than cotton.