WHO WE ARE
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.
Rudy Arredondo is a highly motivated bilingual problem solver and advocate with a lifetime career in civil, human, labor, immigration, health care rights, focus rural communities, agriculture, farming and ranching.
Specialized and equally transferable Spanish/English skills: Capable of researching, analyzing and structuring resolution of difficult situations. Able to identify, assess and leverage human and financial resources. Proficient in managing millions of dollars in public project funds. Intimately familiar with federal and local protocol and sensitivities. Adept educator and communicator.
Rudy is the President and Founder of the National Latino Farmers & Ranchers Trade Association, founded in 1997. He has served at the U.S. Department of Agriculture under two presidential administrations: both the Carter and Clinton Administrations, and is extremely familiar and long-term experienced working on Capitol Hill, maintaining strong relationships with key leadership in strategic power positions. Rudy is an experienced chief executive officer with a demonstrated history of working in the public relations and communications industry; skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Corporate Social Responsibility, Grassroots Organizing, Government, and Crisis Communications; and with strong business development professional experience he graduated from Columbia Union College.
Juan M. Garcia
David P. Sanchez
KNOW OUR HISTORY
On a hot summer day in 2005, 400 plus Hispanic, Latino, African-American, Asian, and other minority farmers and ranchers gathered for the first time in Las Cruces, New Mexico to write a new chapter in American Agriculture.
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National Latino Farmers and Ranchers Trade Association 10th Anniversary