The Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Policy Research Center, which is located at Alcorn State University, is a national center that was created to assist socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers and to improve their success.
They are conducting a research study on the participation of African American farmers in programs, which are sponsored by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs. This study desires to explore the involvement of African American farmers in USDA programs to understand the factors that contribute to their participation.
Factors that Contribute to African American Farmer’s Participation in USDA
Research Study Information Sheet
You are invited to participate in research about socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers. The following
information explains the details of the research study. Read all of the information carefully. During your own
time, decide if you would like to participate in this research study. If you agree to participate in this study, you
will be asked to sign the informed consent form.
Despite increased efforts to address access to USDA programs for socially disadvantaged farmers and
ranchers, an alarming decline in African American owned farms and farmers in Mississippi prompted an
interest in understanding their participation in USDA programs. USDA programs are designed to provide
assistance to farmers and ranchers to promote farm sustainability. Therefore, this study seeks to understand
factors that contribute to African American Farmers’ participation in USDA programs.
This study will involve one-on-one interviews to collect data. Names and other personal identification
information will not be associated with this study. Your participation in this study is voluntary. You may
withdraw from this study at any time. The duration of each interview will vary between 45 and 60 minutes.
The interview will select a location that encourages sharing experiences and audio recording for the interview.
Your identity and that of any individuals, whom you mention, will be kept confidential at all times. Your
identity will be known only to the principal investigator. The interview will be audio-recorded and transcribed
but the principal investigator and/or a transcription service provider. When the audio recording is
transcribed, pseudonyms (i.e., false names) will be used for your name and for the names of any other
individuals, whom you mention. Any details in the audio recording that could potentially identify you or
anyone, whom you mention, will also be altered during the transcription process. After the transcribing is
complete, the principal investigator will store the audio recording securely. The Institutional Review Board
(IRB) at Alcorn State University may view this study’s collected data for auditing purposes. The IRB is
responsible for overseeing the protection of human subjects, who are involved in the research study.
Please see the attachments and contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Download SDFR Participation Study Info Sheet (PDF, 118 KB)
- Download SDFR Informed Consent Form (PDF, 121 KB)
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