2. Emergency Relief for Farmers of Color Act
We are thrilled to report that the USDA is taking very seriously the mandates of the recently passed Emergency Relief for Farmers of Color Act, discussed here
at length. More than $5 billion will be awarded to farmers of color across the nation, assisting them with pandemic relief, and helping redress centuries of discrimination.
USDA Secretary Vilsack recently testified:
“I want to provide you, Mr. Chairman, and members of this committee a single and solemn commitment from me, from the team at USDA, that we will over the next four years, do everything we can to root out whatever systemic racism and barriers may exist at the department of agriculture directed to Black farmers, socially disadvantaged farmers, people who live in consistently poor areas of rural America.”
As an organization committed
to justice and equity in the hemp industry, we were proud to play a small role in its passage, and we will continue to share our counsel with the USDA on its implementation.