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WHO WE ARE
NLFR provides policy advocacy, farm management and sustainability training, conservation best practices, and technical assistance that enables Latinos and multiethnic farmworkers, farmers, and ranchers who have been historically discriminated against to transition and thrive in indigenous, regenerative and sustainable farming and ranching operations, while strengthening and safeguarding our national food supply system.
NLFR 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.
“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 National Latino Farmers & Ranchers (NLFR) 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.
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.