2021-03-15 11:07:45

American Rescue Plan Could Help Black Farmers



Sonali Kolhatkar speaks with John Boyd about relief for Black farmers.

The newly passed American Rescue Plan, voted on by no Republicans, and signed in to law by President Joe Biden, is a whopping $1.9 trillion relief bill aimed at the financial pain caused by the coronavirus pandemic. But the bill has numerous provisions that have a longer term goal. One such provision is billions of dollars set aside to assist Black farmers and farmers of color. Black farmers in particular are a historically marginalized group that have lost some 90% of their land over the past century.

John Boyd, founder and President of the National Black Farmers Association and a fourth-generation farmer from Baskerville, Virginia.

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