The BFAA’s fight for nearly a decade has been to have the money already set aside to pay the additional class-action claims be actually paid to farmers and their heirs. Some have passed away over the past decade, waiting for redress. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
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‘Black Farmers’ gear up for legal fight after appeals court setback

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The descendants of Earnest Lee Boyland from Mason, Tenn. filed a lawsuit in the 1990s alleging that the USDA adhered to discriminatory policies against African-American farmers between the years of 1983 and 1997 when loans and other assistance programs were systematically denied to “black farmers.” […read more]

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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]

Health

USDA to Accommodate Religious Diets

  By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) — As it stands, Muslim and Jewish families in need might have to choose between following their faith and adequately feeding their families. But thanks to an amendment tacked on to the Agricultural Act of 2014, 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

Business

Raising a Child Costs $241,080, Says USDA Report

[Des Moines Register] Parents will spend $241,080 to raise a child born in 2012, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Adjusting for inflation over 17 years, that figure, for a middle income two-parent, two-child family, comes to $301,970. The 2.6 percent Read More