UMES gets a visit from Dr. Goldmon, helping to grow the ag industry
PRINCESS ANNE, Md – On Saturday at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s Small Farmer’s Conference, attendees and the University got a visit from Dr. Dewayne Goldmon, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Senior Advisor for Racial Equity.
Although he was the keynote speaker, he says he’s got a bigger agenda.
Dr. Goldmon tells 47 ABC, with the increasing disparities in the agriculture industry, and lack of resources for small and minority farmers, he was appointed to the position by the Biden-Harris administration to focus on addressing those issues.
“It’s no longer about making a white farmer more successful than a black, or a large one more successful than a smaller one, or a rancher more successful than a person who’s growing crops,” says Dr. Goldmon. He adds, “It’s not about putting one segment against the other as much as it is about making sure we enable each of our producers to be as efficient and productive as they can.”
We’re told UMES has provided numerous resources to help farmers on the eastern shore find success, and Dr. Goldmon wants to not only help farmers but work with institutions like the university to better help the ag industry.
“When you look at the disparities that exist in USDA, it can only make sense that we come here and listen to learn how we can support this effort,” says Dr. Goldmon. He adds, “If I can do anything, it would be to connect this little special part of the eastern shore to the rest of the agriculture system in the country as well as in the world.”
Dr. Goldmon says it’s crucial to grow the ag industry moving forward, and continue creating more resources, so they too can be successful.
The USDA is also helping to pass legislation to address some of the issues farmers are facing.