Cargill reports on progress of Black Farmer Equity initiative

WAYZATA, MINN. — Cargill shared its progress on the company’s Black Farmer Equity initiative.

After a year, Cargill said several groups have joined their program, including the National Black Growers Council, 100 Ranchers, Arkansas Land and Community Development Corp., Share Farm, Communities Unlimited, Tuskegee University’s Carver Integrative Sustainability Center and the National Minority Supplier Development Council.

In 2021, supply chain programs were launched to expand opportunities and access capital for farmers in the beef and cotton markets. The initiative will continue to increase the number of black producers in these supply chains, while adding corn, yellow peas, poultry and soybeans each year.

“Programs like Cargill’s Black Farmer Equity Initiative provide new ways for black producers to access markets and sell their livestock and crops. We are looking for an open door where they have been closed in the past,” said Kimberly Ratcliff, a second-generation rancher and executive director of 100 Ranchers Inc. “Cargill’s support of 100 Ranchers will help increase the bottom line for producers black. and improve their livelihoods by producing high quality products.

Cargill continues to recruit farmers to participate in the program with a specific focus on Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina and Texas.

The company added that black farmers make up less than 2% of the 3.4 million farmers in the United States, with a 90% decline in black farm ownership.

“We are committed to helping dismantle the racism that exists in the food and agriculture industry in the United States. Our efforts include focused work within Cargill, but we also know we have the opportunity and responsibility to move the industry forward, starting with the work we do every day with farmers and within supply chains. ‘key sourcing,’ said Greg Jones, Chief Diversity Officer at Cargill. “We listened to black producers with our customers. We learned a lot about the obstacles and the history of broken trust. We know we can do better. »

Cargill has also pledged to train 10 million farmers globally by 2030 and increase supplier diversity by spending $10 billion on small businesses and $1 billion on certified, corporate-owned businesses. diverse companies around the world.

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