SURVEY: How Socially-disadvantaged Producers Participate in USDA Programs

You are invited to participate in a research study, evaluating your experience with applying for USDA programs and service. This study is being conducted by Arvazena E. Clardy, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Project Director. We hope to evaluate your experience with applying for the various USDA programs and service. You were selected as a possible participant because you either have attended one of the Outreach and Assistance workshop, training through the TSU Farm Academy, Appalachian RC and D’s “Farm School”, a Veteran interested in farming or a Tennessee farmer/producer.

If you decide to participate, you will receive a survey either through the mail or online and return back to me, depending on your answer you might be asked to participate in the Phase Two, which will be one of our extension specialists with a face to face or phone interview.

There are no risk and/or benefits associated with participation in this study, each returned paper survey or online survey will received an identification number.

The information collected for this study is to assist the Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Policy Research Center, located at Alcorn University. Any information obtained in connection with this study and that can be identified with you will remain confidential. All information collected will be located in Farrell-Westbrook Room 214-H, in a lock file cabinet. This information will be evaluated and findings will be sent to the Policy Center. The Policy Center will take this information and evaluate the findings and report to the USDA on how to improve their relationship with producer and farmers. Information collected through your participation may be published in a professional journal, and/or presented at a professional meeting, etc. If so, none of your identifiable information will be included.

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