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


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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