‘Tired of getting slapped in the face’: older Black farmers see little hope in Biden’s agriculture pick

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Black farmers have been disregarded by the USDA for years. Will anything change in Tom Vilsack’s second stint?

James “Bill” McGill has been a farmer for 40 of his 76 years. He can’t remember the year his 320-acre farm was put up for sale by the same man from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) he’d gone to for a loan to help him keep it. He can sum up the loss succinctly: “The government took it away. It has always been that way for us.”

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