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Alcorn State University: Research on African American Farmers

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 for more information.




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