Farming & Agribusiness

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia A new report from the Center for American Progress (CAP) provides insight on how decades of structural racism within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has led to the virtual elimination of black farmers. A century ago, roughly 14 percent of farmers were black....
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The Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo saddles up at Agricenter International this weekend, showcasing some of America’s top African-American cowboys and cowgirls. And if you thought black folk don’t go to rodeos, let alone ride bulls and rope calves in them, you’re in for a treat – and a history...
The Black Farmers and Agriculturalists (BFAA) recently hit a snag when the U. S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, denied the group’s complaint against the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). “It was anticipated that the quest for justice and the cash award for BFAA’s 20,000 members for...
NASHVILLE (TSU News Service) – What started out as a college visit to Tennessee State University to highlight Black History Month turned into so much more for some local high school students. TSU President Glenda Glover surprised 20 Metro Nashville Public Schools students with scholarship offers on Feb. 14 if they planned...
The dispute between the Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association (BFAA) and Stine Seed Company has been routed to mediation and that’s a huge win for the farmers, according to BFAA President Thomas Burrell. Burrell and the BFFA charge Stine with selling them fake soybean seeds because of “racial animus.” Stine...
By Congressman Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA-02), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus In 1986, on her award-winning “Control” album, singer-songwriter Janet Jackson asked: “What have you done for me lately?” This is a question the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) is asked a lot. Well, here’s our latest answer to that...
Bill Lee, the Republican candidate for governor of Tennessee, met in Memphis on Monday with Thomas Burrell, founder and president of the Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association (BFAA), and Bishop David A. Hall Sr., the group's ecumenical support advisor. The 45-minute meeting at BFAA’S corporate headquarters at 287 Madison Ave. provided...
Black farmers are throwing their full support behind Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court. Black farmers also believe Kavanaugh would be a disaster for black America — including black farmers. And if you’re confused after reading those two sentences, it’s because where black farmers stand...