Minority Food Producers in the Climate Transition

A webinar examining the role of agricultural producers of color in the development of sustainable solutions for climate change.

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May 7, 2024


12:00–1:00 p.m. ET

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Minority farmers and ranchers are a critical component of our nation’s food security, land management, and environmental stewardship pathways. Yet farmers and ranchers of color remain severely under-invested in and underserved across the spectrum of public agricultural programs. This panel will discuss the state of minority producers in the climate transition, the alternative pathways created by minority producers for information and resource access as a result of exclusion from past and current government programs, and the role of economists and researchers in developing sustainable agriculture solutions for climate change that reflect the different opportunities and pathways available to producers of color.

On May 7, Resources for the Future (RFF) held “Minority Food Producers in the Climate Transition,” the fourth webinar in our 2024 Exposure event series. This webinar explored the topic of minority agricultural producers in the climate transition and featured leading experts on the issues.


  • Seanicaa (Edwards) Herron, Freedmen Heirs Foundation
  • Dr. LaKisha Odom, Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research
  • Dr. Loutrina Staley, National Association of Conservation Districts
  • Suzanne Russo, Resources for the Future (Moderator)

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About the Exposure 2024 Series

The Environmental Justice Movement has been a part of community conversations for decades and has finally become a focus of national policy. For many low-income neighborhoods, households of color, tribal communities, and other marginalized groups, environmental injustice compounds a legacy of social, economic, and political disenfranchisement.

In 2021–2022, Resources for the Future (RFF) and the Urban Institute hosted a series of webinars known as Exposure, to bring academic, government, and community leaders together to assess environmental justice research across disciplines while exploring gaps in knowledge. In 2024, RFF is holding a second installment where we will take a deep dive into the equity and environmental justice impacts of federal climate policies, particularly in light of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the Inflation Reduction Act, and novel state policies that reflects Justice40 Initiative priorities.

Click here to learn more about Exposure 2024.


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