ERIC Number: ED360554
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-May
Reference Count: N/A
Impact of Florida A&M University (FAMU) and USDA Farmers Home Administration (FmHA) Education on African-American Farmers.
Ukaga, Okechukwu M.
The financial status of the African-American participants in a management education program designed for minority farm operators was assessed. The study also examined the methods/means by which the Florida A&M University and Farmers Home Administration Technical and Managerial Assistance Project personnel provided education and assistance to the clientele. A survey collected information on the condition of farm businesses of 54 African-American farm operators who participated in the project from June 1990 to November 1991. Farm business condition was assessed immediately prior to and immediately after the project. Three stages of the program were identification of program participants, orientation, and program operation. Customized farm plans and enterprise budgets were developed for participants based on information gathered through questionnaires, interviews, and farm/home visits. Adoption of sound management practices was encouraged through demonstrations, workshops, and meetings. Delivery methods used in providing education and assistance were as follows: individual consultation, farm and home visits, small group meetings, brochures, and local news media. Financial performance ratios were computed and showed total assets increased for minority farmers, liabilities decreased, and increases in net income exceeded the total cost of the project. Brief, easy-to-use resource or instructional materials, a more holistic approach, and more agency networking were suggested. (Contains 28 references.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida