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Farming Barriers, Challenges Faced by Latino Farmers

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The Center for Rural Affairs is reaching out to Hispanic and Latino farmers. They say that despite the boom in the population of Latinos in the state, a large number have fled the agriculture sector.

The center is working to help integrate the new generation of Latinos into the farm and ranch sector as stakeholders. And they're hosting farm tours as part of their "Beginning Latino Farmer Program".

Scott Garcia, of Garcia Farms, hosted one of the central Nebraska tours.

He said, "One of the biggest hurdles right now is that a lot of the laws and a lot of the policies are focused on the larger farmer, so it's good to have the support network that can help you figure out permits you need and what kind of regulations there are for the products you're trying to have."

Some limitations and barriers Hispanic and Latino producers face deal with ways to access USDA programs.

Garcia said though his family has farmed 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 under USDA  inspection so you can sell your products to the farmer's market or to health stores."

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