A Southern girl from Greenville, Alabama, Dr. Veronica Womack’s background and personal ties to rural people and communities connect to her Black Belt Region research. To gain a better understanding of rural community needs and lack of adequate resources, Womack has dedicated her academic work and time to develop realistic solutions that help underserved rural areas sustain for generations to come. National organizations supporting Womack’s present-day fieldwork:
During 2017, Womack earned a two-year, $150,000 seed grant from USDA to analyze how agricultural policy has been implemented in the rural South. In addition to examining policy, she facilitates listening sessions with farmers; documents trends taking place within Black Belt culture and agriculture; and identifies the best resources and programs from the USDA’s Farm Bill to assist growing rural communities and under-resourced black farmers. Womack plans to share her community-based findings with Washington, D.C., decision makers in an effort to assist change. Her goal is to ensure that listening session participants are more informed about rural development policies, programs and services in order to benefit them and the areas they live and work in.