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In-depth: Here is what the future of Black farming looks like in Florida More Black people are deciding to get into farming In depth: Future of Black farming industry By: Anthony Hill Posted at 6:35 PM, Jan 22, 2021 and last updated 7:10 PM, Jan 22, 2021 TAMPA, Fla. —...
Black farmers in our area say long legacy of institutional racism has led to their disappearance 74% decrease in Black farmers in Florida over past 100 years By: Anthony Hill Posted at 7:08 PM, Jan 15, 2021 and last updated 11:15 AM, Jan 18, 2021 BROOKSVILLE,...
Black-owned farmland could expand sevenfold under a bill filed by three Democratic senators on Thursday to reverse decades of discriminatory practices by the Agriculture Department, sometimes called “the last plantation.” The Justice for Black Farmers Act would enable Black farmers to acquire up to 160 acres apiece at no charge through a USDA system of land grants.
Under the bill, an Equity Commission would study the legacy of discrimination at the USDA and suggest reforms that could reach the farmer-elected county committees that help guide operations at local USDA offices. An independent board would hear appeals of civil rights complaints decided by USDA officials.
John Boyd Jr’s grandfather Thomas, the son of a slave, slept with the deed to his farm under his mattress. He worried constantly that his land would be taken from him.
Twenty miles away and three generations later, Boyd lives on his own 210-acre farm, in a big white colonial house with rows of soybeans that go almost up to the front door, like other people have grass. One hundred cattle, a cluster of guinea hogs, three goats and a small herding dog named Fatso, whom Boyd calls his best friend, live there.
He feels more secure on his plot of land than Thomas did. But Boyd is an aberration.
Black owned farms make up less than 2 percent of all farms in the United States.
According to a recent report, Black farmers lost 80 percent of their farmland from 1910 to 2007, often because they lacked access to loans or insurance needed to sustain their businesses.
The report mentions the “long and well-documented history of discrimination against Black farmers by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture).”
FDAC and Black Farmers Hemp Workshop September 17, 2019, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm Eyster Auditorium, 3125 Conner Blvd, Tallahassee, FL 32399
BLACK FARMERS AND AGRICULTURALISTS ASSOCIATION - FLORIDA CHAPTER ANNOUNCES ELECTION OF ITS NEW PRESIDENT Ronald Burton is elected President of the Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association - Florida Chapter Ocala, Fl – The Black Farmers and Agriculturalists...
These Black farmers don’t stop at healthy food. They’re healing trauma, instilling collective values, and changing the way their communities think about the land. A few years ago, while clearing dried broccoli stalks from the tired soil of our land at Soul Fire Farm...
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