The American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Society for Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS) have partnered with the goal of increasing minority involvement in agriculture. A memorandum of understanding signed today is expected to strengthen the membership for both organizations through collaboration on projects, including written content for each organization’s publications, providing leadership training and expertise, and cross-promoting programs and events.
MANRRS is a nationwide nonprofit organization that promotes academic and professional advancement by empowering minorities in agriculture, natural resources, and related sciences.
The partnership comes as a growing movement in agriculture aims to further the careers and involvement of minorities and other marginalized groups in the industry.
“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 organization. Other partnerships include FFA and 4-H, which foster the growth of young people interested in pursuing careers in agriculture.
“Farmers and ranchers represent less than 2 percent of America’s population but are responsible for feeding the entire country and beyond,” said AFBF President Zippy Duvall. “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 organizations and all of agriculture.”