Black Farmers (Courtesy Photo)
Economy

The Government Shutdown: Another Storm for Black Farmers, Cooperatives, and Southern Rural Communities

LOS ANGELES SENTINEL — Storm-weary Southern Farmers now face fresh economic fears amid a political storm which seems to have no end in sight. […read more]

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No matter what side of the political fence one falls, farm and rural development advocates will agree that the shutdown will cause much harm if not resolved very soon.
Commentary

PRESS ROOM: The Government Shutdown: Another Storm for Black Farmers, Cooperatives, and Southern Rural Communities

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Cornelius Key, the Federation’s Georgia State Coordinator, who is also a farmer and rancher says, “Small farmers that normally submit farm loan applications in December and January can’t submit loans at the moment. The shutdown will have a domino effect as it ultimately leads to a decreased harvest, greater farm debt, and loan defaults that could translate to land and farm losses.” […read more]

Congressman Cedric L. Richmond represents the 2nd District of Louisiana, which includes parts of New Orleans and Baton Rouge. He is also the chair of the 48-member, bicameral, bipartisan Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), which was established in 1971.
Black History

OP-ED: Because of the CBC, the Farm Bill Includes Millions for HBCUs, Black Farmers, and Rural Communities of Color

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “According to federal law, states are required to match federal funding dollar-for-dollar for land-grant universities, but many HBCUs have not been getting what they are owed. In fact, a 2013 report by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities found that from 2010-12, 61% of the historically black land-grant universities did not receive 100% of the one-to-one matching funds from their respective states…” […read more]

National

Black Farmers Finally Collect in $1.2 Billion in Discrimination Case

John Boyd led fight for Black farmers By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – For decades, Black farmers fought the United States Department of Agriculture over racial discrimination. The farmers, mostly in the south, lost crops, their farms and their homes. Some farmers Read More