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The COVID-19 relief bill includes $5 billion in aid for farmers of color who have long faced discrimination by federal officials

Posted On: Apr 14, 2021   |   Posted By: Business Insider

The COVID-19 relief bill includes $5 billion in aid for farmers of color who have long faced discrimination by federal officials

Summary List Placement For over a century, Black farmers faced discrimination from the US Department of Agriculture and were largely excluded from federal loans and farm improvement initiatives.
In an effort led by Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock of Georgia, the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill that passed on Saturday includes a $5 billion provision that will forgive debts for Black, Hispanic, Indigenous, and other farmers of color, to enable reforms that will assist farmers with building generational wealth.
Last week, Warnock, Georgia's first Black senator, praised the incorporation of the Emergency Relief for Farmers of Color Act into the COVID-19 bill.
He said that Democrats sought to "ensure equity in our recovery efforts and address longstanding injustices that have left some communities behind for far too long" and pledged that the aid "will not only help farmers of color, but will also lift up the economies of our rural communities working to recover from the economic turndown," according to...

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