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Black Farmer Equity Initiative

In the United States, Black farmers make up less than 2% of the country’s 3.4 million farmers and there has been a 90% decrease in Black farm ownership. This is the result of the alarming decline of Black farmers and the legacy of systemic inequality.

To respond, and in keeping with Cargill’s long-standing commitment to farmers in the US and around the world, we launched the Black Farmer Equity Initiative. The focus is partnering with producers to operationalize equity across the food and agriculture system. This program helps demonstrate Cargill and our customer’s commitment to helping dismantle Anti-Black racism.


Our goal is to help build a more equitable agricultural economy. We work to help increase participation, profitability and productivity of Black farmers, ranchers, and growers by putting producers at the center of solutions.

Focus Areas

We are investing in helping provide greater access to:

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  • Advancing infrastructure
  • Advocacy & policy change
  • Increasing scale

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  • Increasing supplier diversity
  • Simplified lending solutions
  • Business & estate planning

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  • Regenerative agriculture
  • Training & business skills development
  • Next-generation agriculture

Priority Supply Chains and Geographies

The supply chains we are focused on include:

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We are working with producers across the United States. If you are engaged with one of the priority supply chains mentioned above or have acres you are interested in putting into production, feel free to reach out. Additionally, key states where we are building additional partnerships include: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, and Texas.

Learn More

If you’re a customer, producer or a non-profit interested in learning more, contact us.

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At Cargill, we know that we are a stronger company when we harness the power of diversity. To be successful as a global organization, our suppliers must reflect the communities where we work and live, making supplier diversity an integral part of our business strategy.


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