USDA vs. Black Farmers

In 2019, the Center for American Progress released a report detailing how systematic racism at the USDA has virtually eliminated Black farmers. 

“This report illustrates the importance of understanding American history and the impact of systematic racism in our agricultural system,” said Danyelle Solomon, vice president of Race and Ethnicity Policy at CAP."

The report gives several policy recommendations for protecting the livelihoods of Black farmers:

  • Protecting inherited family farms
  • Expanding research and technical assistance for farmers of color
  • Regular oversight and audits of the USDA by the Government Accountability Office
  • Expanding access to land for black farmers

Read “Progressive Governance Can Turn the Tide for Black Farmers” by Abril Castro and Zoe Willingham.

Related resource:

RELEASE: Systematic Racism at the USDA Has Virtually Eliminated Black Farmers by Julia Cusick

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