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Farmer Picking Vegetables

Socially Disadvantaged Farmer or Rancher

The term “Socially Disadvantaged” means an

  • Individual or entity who is a member of a socially disadvantaged group. A socially disadvantaged group is a group whose members have been subject to racial or ethnic prejudice because of their identity as members of a group without regard to their individual qualities.

  • Socially disadvantaged groups consist of the following:

American Indians or Alaskan Natives

Asians

Blacks or African Americans

Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders

Hispanics.

For an entity, at least 50 percent ownership in the farm business must be held by socially disadvantaged individuals

Note: Gender alone is not a covered group for the purposes of NRCS conservation program authorities. The term entities reflect a broad interpretation to include partnerships, couples, legal entities, etc.

Mission

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Vision

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