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      Serving Beginning and Socially Disadvantaged Farmers in the U.S. : A Case Study Using the Agent Based Approach (ABA) to improve access to government programs and support

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            As the number of farmers in the U.S. continues to dramatically decrease, it’s imperative that the system of support in place for beginning and historically underserved farmers is robust and accessible. The last several Farm Bill renewal cycles have expanded on programs that directly support this initiative, but frustration and trepidation about USDA funded programs prevails within farming communities and advocacy groups. This paper outlines an investigation using the Systems Thinking and the Agent Based Approach (ABA) is to identify gaps in the system that prevent Beginning and Socially Disadvantaged Farmers (BSDFs) from accessing government support, to locate the areas for improvement in order to eliminate the barriers farmers face, and finally, find ways to concentrate more governmental support towards empowering the next generation of farmers.

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            Journal of Systems Thinking Preprints
            Cabrera Research Lab
            13 May 2022
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            [1 ] Brooks School of Public Policy, Cornell University
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            10.54120/jost.pr000012.v1
            44ec9ca5-0ed0-46ac-861b-a21d85985210

            This work has been published open access under Creative Commons Attribution License CC BY 4.0 , which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Conditions, terms of use and publishing policy can be found at www.scienceopen.com .


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            Education & Public policy,General agriculture,Horticulture
            Systems Thinking | DSRP Analysis | Agent Based Approach | CAS Analysis | Recommendations

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