Professor Jae-Young Ko has attended the SECOPA 2021 conference

September 24th, 2021 by ppad

Professor Jae-Young Ko has attended the SECOPA 2021 conference for Sept 23-24, 2021. The SECOPA (Southeastern Conference for Public Administration) is an important regional conference for the public policy and public administration programs in the region. The SECOPA 2021 is the 51st Annual Conference.  The conference was held in a virtual format due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

The topic of his presentation is “ An examination of socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers program on Black farmers in Mississippi.” In Mississippi, the population of Black farmers had been on a declining trend since the 1940s due to increasing mechanized farming and unequal access to financial capital. After the settlement of Pigford v. Glickman in 1999, The USDA has launched a loan program for the Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers. He explained the impacts of the USDA’s equity-based exclusive loan program for the Black farmers in Mississippi. He found that the population of Black farmers has stabilized for the last two decades, in part, due to the loan program.  However, after considering their small farm size and the low economic value of their products, he has argued that a systematic approach that includes production, processing, and marketing is needed for the Black farmers. Land-grant HBCUs are expected to play significant roles as business incubators and training facilities for minority farmers across the nation.


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