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Honoring Hispanic Farmers During Hispanic Heritage Month

Did you know Hispanic Farmers represent a growing sector in U.S. agriculture? This article will give you a glimpse of what this noble profession is about and why we should recognize Hispanic agricultural workers during Hispanic Heritage Month and beyond.

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Fifty-one years have passed since we began celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States.

Every year, from September 15 through October 15, we celebrate the stories, cultures, and contributions of Hispanics living in this country. Whether they came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central, or South America; we celebrate them all.

Hispanic Farmers in the US

Each single Hispanic has some level of history or experience that helped build the culture and economy of the United States.

Hispanics working in the agriculture industry, for example, play a vital role that is sometimes forgotten, overlooked, or ignored.

We can talk about Hispanic farmers. Their work allows us to enjoy quality fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the year at low prices compared to many other developed countries.

Let’s take time to reflect on Hispanic farmers’ children. Hispanic agricultural workers, more than often, make big sacrifices to provide their children with a better future. Thanks to the hard work of these parents, these children can devote their time to getting a college education.

Farm workers spend long hours in the sun and barely take days off to pay for children’s education and food.

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Hispanics farmers face many obstacles that are sometimes difficult to overcome. To aid these workers, progressive companies in the agricultural industry offer training, scholarships, and grants for those who want to get an education in agriculture. The U.S. government also has programs to help out farmers.

Through these programs, they learn that agriculture is not just about harvesting, but that there is a wide range of professions within the agricultural industry in which they can develop a career.

The Rise of Latino Farmers

A look at the life of a Hispanic farmer, Sergio Silva, who owns and operates a farm in the United States.

Video from The New York Times

It is possible to choose the profession they want to follow. Hispanics are talented professionals that thrive in any role in the supply chain and companies of all sizes. There are no limits for young people graduating from college.

If you are the son or daughter of Hispanic farmers reading this article, we remind you that getting a degree can improve your life. Assume your origin, where you come from, your roots and don’t let anyone belittle you. Your parents went out of their way for you to live a better life. Make them proud!

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About Natalia Gamarra

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Natalia Gamarra M.S.M. is Manager, International Member Relations at United Fresh Produce Association. She has a master’s degree in international business and graduated in Business Administration from Pierce College in Philadelphia.

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