Ben Burkett

Ben Burkett lives on a road named after his grandfather in Petal, Mississippi, but he's travelled far beyond that world. A celebrated farmer, cooperatives organizer and advocate for Black farmers' rights he has received many awards and accolades, but he's also a father and grandfather dedicated to the successful transition and continuation of his family's farm. As state coordinator of the Mississippi Association of Cooperatives, Ben has represented the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund to NFFC's board for many years, serving as our president for 10 years, vice president, and delegate to La Via Campesina's Food Sovereignty Commission.