WHO WE ARE
Our mission is to organize, engage and empower Latino farm and ranching advocacy groups, farmworkers transitioning into farm ownership, and, generally, small producers, throughout the United States and beyond. Furthermore, we are committed to promote sustainable farm and ranching policy for the improvement of farming operations.
We provide training and technical assistance to our members to ensure the quality of products and the integrity of safe food systems. NLFRTA offers guidance on relevant farm and ranching policy, through forums and webinars. We facilitate meetings with state, local and federal elected officials and work closely with working-people to ensure full inclusion of their voices in Congress and our deliberations to the Farm Bill.
“In the United States and throughout Mexico and Central and South America, Latino farmers, whose common bond is their agrarian roots and language, are systematically left out of the decision-making processes.”
The MISSION of the organization is to organize, engage, empower and provide technical assistance to Latino farm and ranching advocacy
groups, farmworkers transitioning into farm ownership, and, generally, small producers, throughout the United States and beyond. Furthermore, we are committed to protect and promote sustainable farm and ranching policy issues for the improvement of farming operations. We provide training and technical assistance for the quality of our products and to ensure the integrity of safe food systems for our future. NLFRTA provides best practices training workshops on relevant farm and ranching and policy, forums and webinars, and facilitate meetings with state, local and federal elected officials and work with the Congress on the Farm Bill deliberations.
The National Latino Farmers & Ranchers Trade Association (NLFRTA) was founded in August of 2004 in Washington, D.C after working with many farmworker transitioning into farmers, ranchers and multiple advocacy groups for several years. Oftentimes, federal agencies such as the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Forest Service, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), among others, and mainstream and established farm groups tend to treat the issues of Latino farmers as an afterthought in policy formulation, if at all. As rural people, Agriculture and Farm policy significantly impacts Latino rural communities.
NLFRTA are also proud member of the Rural Coalition, American Sustainable Business Council, Local Food Association, Bert Corona Leadership Institute, board of directors.
MEET THE PRESIDENT
Throughout his 30 years in Washington, D.C., he has successfully managed millions of dollars in public project funds and has been a volunteer with the United Farmworkers Union, a longtime member of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), a civil rights officer at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, helped organize and the president of Hispanic Organizations Leadership Alliance (HOLA) a USDA employee organization that partnered with USDA program stakeholders and worked to hold Hispanic employees in the USDA accountable to the Hispanic communities. He is also a long-time Board member of the Rural Coalition/Coalición Rural, which has partnered with NLFRTA since its inception. He was a volunteer for the District of Columbia’s Justice for Janitors Campaign with Service Employees International Union and became the first director of SEIU’s Immigration Assistance program. He also worked as Special Assistant on Latino Affairs to the D. C. Commission of Public Health under Dr. Reed Tuckson, former D. C. Commissioner of Public Health.