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The U.S. Agriculture Department's Discriminatory Practices Could Be Why Black Farmers Are Going Extinct

We must prevent the erasure of Black farmers. In 1910, Black farmers made up 14 percent of the U.S. farming population. Today they make up only 1.4 percent of the population and it’s likely that discriminatory practices within the government are the cause, reports Black Enterprise.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Justice For Black Farmers (@justiceforblackfarmers) Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, agricultural communities throughout the country were faced with many challenges as a result of former President Donald Trump’s trade wars with China. On the other hand, these issues barely touch the surface of what Black farmers have been up against for centuries. According to the Associated Press (AP), Black farmers have less access to technical support and credit than their white counterparts which makes it harder for them to not only update equipment and purchase seed but also takes a toll on their ability to buy more land and operate their farms. Coupled with those...

Shanique Yates

Feb 3, 2021