ERIC Number: ED066269
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Aug
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The USDA and the Disadvantaged.
Rural Sociological Society, Brookings, SD.
Prepared by a Subcommittee of the Rural Sociological Society Development Committee, this report focuses on the policies of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)--how those policies are made and the implication of those policies for the disadvantaged in the United States. The Subcommittee assembled 2 bibliographies: (1) dealing with discrimination in connection with USDA programs and (2) dealing with large-scale organizations of which USDA is an example. Members of the Subcommittee did individual exploration in their own states to discover examples of discrimination in connection with USDA programs. Also, multiple copies of a 1 page questionnaire were sent out to key individuals in each of the 50 states. Notices were placed in social science journals indicating that the Subcommittee existed and requesting information. Evidence of discrimination by the USDA in its programs and policies in the past and of continued discrimination were found. Recommendations, placed at the beginning of this report for emphasis, include suggestions as to what individuals can do to help eliminate the problem of discrimination with respect to the disadvantaged. Furthermore, recommendations are made to members of the Rural Sociological Society describing the problem areas needing research, policy formulation, and action (areas which have some relation to equality of access to benefits of USDA programs). A bibliography with 47 entries and a list of selected studies of the disadvantaged by state agricultural experiment stations are included. (FF)
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Authoring Institution: Rural Sociological Society, Brookings, SD.