An Arkansas farmer has been named a senior advisor for racial equity to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.
Dewayne Goldmon, a Southeast Arkansas farmer, was appointed to serve as a senior advisor to Secretary Tom Vilsack. Goldmon has served as the executive director of the National Black Growers Council, a Washington, D.C.-based organization focusing on Black row crop farmers, for the past year.
“We need to accelerate a transformation of our food system, and that begins with embracing a call for racial justice and equity across food, agriculture and rural America,” Vilsack said in a statement. “With Dewayne’s guidance, we will build a USDA that represents and serves all Americans—a USDA that is committed to ensuring equity across the Department, removing barriers to access and rooting out systemic discrimination, and building a workforce that reflects all of America.”
Goldmon has more than 30 years of agricultural experience, serving as a field researcher with American Cyanamid before joining Monsanto Company in 1995, working in technology development, government affairs and human resources. He retired from Bayer Crop Sciences, which acquired Monsanto, as the outreach lead in 2019.
He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agronomy from the University of Arkansas, as well as a doctorate in agronomy from the University of Iowa.