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Ben Burkett

Ben F. Burkett is president of the National Family Farm Coalition (NFFC) in the U.S., and a cooperative-marketing-specialist member of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives Land Assistance Fund.

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Ben Burkett is still farming a parcel of land in Mississippi that his great-grandfather homesteaded in 1889, about two decades after slavery ended. He grows 16 vegetables, including okra and soybeans, on 320 acres, but he is also active in several organizations that promote local food production for local consumption.

“Our work is to bring awareness to the plight of the true family farm,” Mr. Burkett, 62, said over the phone from his farm in Petal, in Southern Mississippi...

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Credit to: Maria Newman, The New York Times

Credit to: Federation of Southern Cooperatives

Ben Burkett, a fourth-generation Petal farmer with leadership and member roles in state, national and international organizations supporting small and medium-sized farmers, will be honored with a James Beard Foundation Leadership Award in October.

Burkett, whose 40 farming years started at age 21, is the state coordinator with the Mississippi association in the Federation of Southern Cooperatives and president of the National Family Farm Coalition; he serves on the food sovereignty commission of La Via Campesina (the International Peasant's Movement)...

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Credit to: Sherry Lucas, The Clarion-Ledger

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My name is Ben F. Burkett, currently serving as the president of the National Family Farm Coalition. I am also a member of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives Land Assistance Fund and my local coop is Indian Springs Farmers Association in Petal, Mississippi....

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