Hispanic farmers

The Prieto family runs one of 86,278 Hispanic-operated farms in the country, in Somis, Calif. The 2022 Census of Agriculture will update statistics that showed in 2017 that there were 112,451 Hispanic producers in the U.S. Farmers are being urged to participate in the survey.

As we enter Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct.15), we acknowledge and appreciate the contributions the U.S. Hispanic community has made to advance our economic and agricultural growth.

Hispanic famers play an important part in not only our agricultural community but across the nation. It is vital that their voices count in the upcoming 2022 Census of Agriculture. According to the 2017 Census of Agriculture, there were 112,451 Hispanic producers in the United States.

The Prieto family, who migrated from Mexico, runs one of the nation’s 86,278 Hispanic-operated farms, in Somis, Calif. They specialize in growing Hass avocados and Meyer lemons in their orchards. California has a total of 14,597 Hispanic producers and is the second top state for Hispanic producers (Texas being the first, with 41,143 Hispanic producers). Between 2017 and the previous Census of Agriculture in 2012, the total number of U.S. producers increased 7 percent, while the number of Hispanic farmers increased 13 percent.

Growing up in Mexico, Salvador Prieto watched his father work on their family farm. He migrated to the United States with a passion for music, but once in America, fell in love with agriculture. His wife, Martha Romero, grew up in Los Angeles, and with that shared love for agriculture, the future of the Prieto family farm began.

Any farmer who didn’t receive the 2017 Census of Agriculture can sign up to receive the form and be counted in 2022. For more U.S. agriculture statistics, visit the NASS website.