A group of Senate Democrats this week reintroduced the Justice for Black Farmers Act. The legislation aims to address and correct historic discrimination within the U.S. Department of Agriculture in federal farm assistance and lending. The bill was first introduced in November 2020.
At the time, the Senators stated USDA discrimination “has caused Black farmers to lose millions of acres of farmland and robbed Black farmers and their families of hundreds of billions of dollars of inter-generational wealth.” The legislation will enact policies to end discrimination within USDA, protect Black farmers from losing their land, provide land grants to create a new generation of Black farmers and restore the land base that has been lost.
The bill also seeks to implement systemic reforms to help family farmers across the United States. Senator Corey Booker, a Democrat from New Jersey who now holds a seat on the Senate Agriculture Committee, reintroduced the legislation, along with colleagues from Massachusetts, New York, Minnesota, Georgia and Vermont.