RIPE is committed to proactively mitigating barriers of entry that often have confronted farmers of color, smaller diversified farmers, women farmers, and young farmers. Our policies and principles to address this important issue are detailed in our white paper and are summarized as follows:
- Equitable access to funds by all agricultural communities.
- Equitable access to funds by all farm sizes, small and large.
- Targeted outreach to Black farmers and other disadvantaged farmers.
- Regular Guidance from the USDA Advisory Committee on Minority Farmers.
Additionally, RIPE has a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, currently comprises leaders from the National Black Farmers Association, the Association for American Indian Farmers, and leaders in the corn commodity community – who guide RIPE’s policy and program development to build an equitable and inclusive agricultural program.