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Alfredo Resindiz Rojo is the son of a first-generation Mexican farmworker in upstate New York.

Chris Torres, Editor, American Agriculturist

May 15, 2020

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Hispanic workers make up 27.5% of total workers in agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting.

Broken down further, 34% of workers in crop production identify as Hispanic, while 19.3% of animal production workers also identify as Hispanic.

There is no doubt that Hispanic workers make up a large portion of the agricultural workforce. One of those young workers is Alfredo Resindiz Rojo of Clifton Springs, N.Y., who decided to follow in his father’s footsteps to pursue a career in agriculture.

He wasn’t raised on a farm, but Alfredo started hanging out with his father on the farm he worked at, Will-O-Crest Farm, when he was 8 years old. He grew a love for showing dairy cows and showed animals at local fairs throughout the state.

As a teenager, Alfredo started working on a neighboring dairy, Willow Bend, further growing his love for the business.

Alfredo Resindiz Rojo
MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Alfredo, 23, the son of a first-generation immigrant farmworker, grew up working on dairy farms in New York state and is now working for a commodities trading firm helping farmers protect their profits.

He wanted to go to college to become a large animal veterinarian but changed his major to ag business at Cornell University. Today, Alfredo is a commodities trader for INTL FCStone in Chicago, a major commodities firm.

“It’s a different part of the industry that I’m involved in but I’m still working with farmers and producers, which I have a strong affinity for,” he says.

In this week’s Young Farmer podcast, we talk with Alfredo about growing up in the industry and how showing cows and being the son of a first-generation farmworker inspired him to stay in the business. We also talked to him about inspiring other young people to get into the business.

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About the Author(s)

Chris Torres

Editor, American Agriculturist

Chris Torres, editor of American Agriculturist, previously worked at Lancaster Farming, where he started in 2006 as a staff writer and later became regional editor. Torres is a seven-time winner of the Keystone Press Awards, handed out by the Pennsylvania Press Association, and he is a Pennsylvania State University graduate.

Torres says he wants American Agriculturist to be farmers' "go-to product, continuing the legacy and high standard (former American Agriculturist editor) John Vogel has set." Torres succeeds Vogel, who retired after 47 years with Farm Progress and its related publications.

"The news business is a challenging job," Torres says. "It makes you think outside your small box, and you have to formulate what the reader wants to see from the overall product. It's rewarding to see a nice product in the end."

Torres' family is based in Lebanon County, Pa. His wife grew up on a small farm in Berks County, Pa., where they raised corn, soybeans, feeder cattle and more. Torres and his wife are parents to three young boys.

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