BLACK FARMERS & AGRICULTURALIST ASSOCIATION

P. O. Box 61
Tillery, NC 27887

Tel: 252-826-2800
Fax: 252-826-3244

E-mail: TILLERY@aol.com

BLACK LAND LOSS FACTS

BLACK LAND LOSS AND THE USDA

When the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) was created, 90% of the American people were farmers. It was not until almost two decades after its creation, that Cabinet status was achieved by USDA on February 9, 1889 The Federal Farm Loan Act became law, July 17, 1916. This Act sought to respond to the inadequacy of credit at reasonable rates for farmers.

Apparently little or no thought was given to how credit would be dispensed among the various racial, gender and economic positions of farmers, and that has proven to be disastrous. According to numerous reports dating back to1965, the root of these problems are found in the discriminatory environment present in the USDA, the very agency established by the US government to accommodate and assist the special needs of all farmers and ranchers.

These reports all reach the same basic conclusion: "there are significant problems with discrimination within the U.S. Department of Agriculture" to varying degrees in both internal employee related assaults, and external loan related discrepancies to African Americans, Native Americans, women and other people of color.

WHAT IS BFAA?

The Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association (BFAA) is a grassroots, volunteer organization created in 1997 in direct response to the staggering decline in African American farmers and landowners. As of February 1998 there are BFAA chapters in 21 states across the country.

BFAA works in conjunction with the National Land Loss Fund and other groups advocating for Black farmers and landowners. We are committed to Saving African American Farmers, Landowners and Communities.

Anyone who is interested in the struggle of the Black farmer should join BFAA. We have members who are farmers and agriculturalists, concerned citizens, activists, and academics.

BFAA and its members are directly involved in the Black Farmers' CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT. Pigford et al. v. Secretary Dan Glickman, United States Department of Agriculture. We work to keep you informed on the progress of the lawsuit. We also serve as advocates insisting on fair and just mediation from the USDA and the Department of Justice.

BFAA OFFICERS

BFAA STATE CHAPTERS 2/98

Alabama
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Iowa
Louisiana
Maryland
Mississippi
New Jersey
New York
N. Carolina
Ohio
Oklahoma
S. Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Virginia
W. Virginia

"OTHER FACTS OF NOTE"

We are creating a database of Black farmers and the crops we are growing, the livestock we are raising, the number of acres of land we are farming, and other pieces of information that YOU feel is important for all of us to know.


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