For centuries, Black farmers have faced discrimination, which has greatly reduced the numbers of Black farmers today. In 1910, 14% of all U.S. farmers were Black, today less than 2% of all farmers in the United States are Black. Much of this discrimination happened at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), where racial discrimination resulted in the drastic loss of Black-owned farmland.
You can help by contacting your elected officials. The Justice for Black Farmers Act increases oversight to prevent future USDA discrimination and directs support to help Black farmers succeed, such as land access, training and apprenticeships, credit assistance, funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and more.
Together, we can create a food system that works for everyone. This proposed legislation would significantly help in that process. Please contact your elected representatives today.
Pictured: Kendrick Ransome is a recipient of a 2020 Farmers of Color Network Infrastructure grant.