Exploring Health and Safety for Black Farmers: Racism, Land Access, Mental Health, and Resources
Recorded On: 02/23/2023
Summary: The number of Black farmers in the United States has declined over the last century. One hundred years ago, farmers identifying as Black or mixed race made up about 14 percent of total ag producers. According to a 2017 United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) census, of the 3.4 million farmers across the country, 1.3%, or only 45,508, identify as Black compared to 95% who identify as Caucasian. This session will address significant challenges of Black, mixed race, and BIPOC ag producers in the United States, programs to address racism and build equity, identify critical concerns in health and safety, including mental health, and share community-based resources for rural residents, growers, farmers, farmworkers, and owner/operators.
Intended Audience: Agricultural farmers, ranchers, supervisors, farmworkers, farmworker organizations, health and safety professionals, trainers, promotores, rural healthcare providers, extension agents, and others who work in agriculture.
Objectives: By the end of this presentation participants will be able to...
- Discuss issues of racism and land loss faced by Black and mixed-race producers in the United States.
- Identify four emerging health challenges to ag workers in rural/agricultural communities.
- Share community-based resources that provide information for rural residents, growers, farmers, farmworkers, and owner/operators.
Disclaimer: Support of this webinar on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility is due to the generous support of ButcherBox. We want to extend a special thanks to our sponsors and partners, who make our work possible through their dedication and funding.
Knesha Rose-Davison, MPH
Public Health and Equity Director
Mrs. Knesha Rose-Davison serves as the Public Health and Equity Director for AgriSafe Network. She has over 17 years of public health experience in maternal and child health, community health, health disparities, and advocacy. In May 2016, she joined AgriSafe Network as their health communications director, quickly growing into their public health programs director, where she managed employer-employee safety training for youth working in agriculture, opioid safety for health providers and agricultural workers, and women’s health topics. Knesha obtained her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences (2002) and a Master of Public Health (2006) from Northern Illinois University. In June 2016, she obtained a certificate in Agricultural Medicine focused on rural occupational health, environmental health, and safety. She is a member of the American Public Health Association and the Louisiana Public Health Association, where she serves in leadership. Knesha is passionate about serving vulnerable populations and ensuring health access and equity, and she aligns all her work with these causes.