African Americans Excel in Agricultural Fields – Precinct Reporter Group News


By Dianne Anderson

How to get more Blacks back to fields of agriculture hasn’t been the easiest of tasks for Sharon Nance.

When she first started recruiting high school students to consider good paying farm careers, she hardly received a warm welcome. “Students would walk past my table and make cow and pig sounds. I said, okay, I get it,” she said.

However, she often caught the ear of their parents on how their students could get into good fields to match their interests, whether business, worldwide travel, marketing, scientific research, economics or statistics.

“My task was to reframe agriculture from the traditional strictly production agriculture,” she said. “You can take virtually anything, look at a…

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