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Factors that Contribute to African American Farmer’s Participation in USDA Programs


You are invited to participate in research about socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers. The following information explains the details of the research study. Read all of the information carefully. During your own time, decide if you would like to participate in this research study. If you agree to participate in this study, you will be asked to sign the Consent form.


Despite increased efforts to address access to USDA programs for socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers, an alarming decline in African American owned farms and farmers in Mississippi prompted an interest in understanding their participation in USDA programs. USDA programs are designed to provide assistance to farmers and ranchers to promote farm sustainability. Therefore, this study seeks to understand factors that contribute to African American Farmers’ participation in USDA programs.


This study will involve one-on-one interviews to collect data. Names and other personal identification information will not be associated with this study. Your participation in this study is voluntary. You may withdraw from this study at any time. The duration of each interview will vary between 45 and 60 minutes. The interview will select a location that encourages sharing experiences and audio recording for the interview.


Your identity and that of any individuals, whom you mention, will be kept confidential at all times. Your identity will be known only to the principal investigator. The interview will be audio-recorded and transcribed but the principal investigator and/or a transcription service provider. When the audio recording is transcribed, pseudonyms (i.e., false names) will be used for your name and for the names of any other individuals, whom you mention. Any details in the audio recording that could potentially identify you or anyone, whom you mention, will also be altered during the transcription process. After the transcribing is complete, the principal investigator will store the audio recording securely. The Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Alcorn State University may view this study's collected data for auditing purposes. The IRB is responsible for overseeing the protection of human subjects, who are involved in the research study.


For this study, there is no compensation.

Principal Investigator

Cassandra Wilder, Policy Research Analyst
Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Policy Research Center
Alcorn State University
Email: chwilder@alcorn.edu
Phone: 601-877-6601

Participation Research Study Information Sheet

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