Hard work, faith, family, community, optimism and an entrepreneurial spirit; these are the core American values that are foundational to Hispanic farmers. As the United States continues to lead the world in Agriculture production, the industry’s largest economic contributors are finally receiving well-earned recognition.
Hispanic farmers are growing at twice the rate of the national average; they tend to be younger than their non-Hispanic counterparts, and own 77% of the land they cultivate – a larger ownership percentage than any other demographic.
Each of these estimated 70,000 farms earn over $120,000 in sales. In essence, these Hispanic-owned farms are American small businesses, and are the backbone of America’s booming Agriculture sector.
While some may credit the success of America’s farm industry to superior technological advances or the evolution of farming practices, the reality is that no machinery or revolutionary method can supplant the industrious spirit of a farmer performing an honest day’s work.
It’s the men and women that tend the fields and orchards, working from dawn until the last ray of light shines across the western horizon. Our farmers face the Arctic winds of February, torrential June rains, the scorching sun of July and August sandstorms in order to deliver the crucial goods we depend on.
The USHCC praises the silent heroes toiling in the fields to provide us with the food we eat, the clothes we wear, and all the countless other commodities we enjoy as Americans.
Other key facts on U.S. Agriculture and Hispanic farmers includes:
– According to the Census of Agriculture’s most recent study, U.S. farms sold $297 billion in agricultural products.
– Hispanic operators have done more non-farming work than their counterparts, suggesting they have skills beyond agricultural work.
– Hispanics contribute more than their competitors in the following industries: Fruits and Nuts (3:1), Beef and Cattle (produce nearly 5% more than all others combined), Sheep and Goats, and Poultry and Eggs.
– The number of Hispanic operators grew 14 percent from 2002, significantly outpacing the 7 percent increase in U.S. farm operators overall.