An Alabama A&M University alumnus and noted farmer joined 15 “Champions of Change” recognized by the White House and the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently.
Billy B. Bridgeforth, a 1980 soil science AAMU graduate, was distinguished as
a trendsetter during a program recognizing leaders from throughout the U.S. who are making significant positive impacts on the next generation of farming and ranching.
Bridgeforth is a fourth-generation farmer in Tanner, Ala., whose Darden Bridgeforth & Sons operation grows cotton, corn, wheat, soybeans, and canola using a variety of cutting-edge agronomic techniques and land conservation practices. As Chairman of the National Black Growers Council, Bridgeforth advocates on behalf of Black farmers in the United States and abroad.
The program featured USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden, who discussed efforts to ensure that beginning farmers and the growing ranks of agriculture—women, young people, immigrants, socially disadvantaged producers, returning veterans and retirees—have access to the programs and support they need. The event included a discussion about how to continue growing and supporting the next generation of America’s farmers and ranchers.
The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature individuals, businesses, and organizations doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities.
To learn more about the White House Champions of Change program and nominate a Champion, visit www.whitehouse.gov/champions. For more information on opportunities to support new and beginning farmers, visit www.usda.gov/newfarmers.