As Congress works to pass a relief bill that provides much needed support to Americans affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, Farm Aid is very pleased to see dedicated funding that strengthens family farmers and ranchers, especially Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) farmers.
In addition to addressing the immediate needs of farmers and ranchers as a result of COVID, this legislation addresses the legacy of inequity in our food system. As a result, BIPOC farmers will see immediate debt relief, and crucial programs will be supported that target the root causes of Black land loss, end discrimination at the USDA, and invest in a diverse and resilient farm and food system.
Now more than ever, people are aware of the fragility of and injustices embedded in our farm and food system, and the urgency to build a democratic, diverse and resilient family farm-centered agriculture system.
“This bill is critical—for our country and our farmers and ranchers. It’s the right thing to do, and we are glad to see Congress working together to strengthen farmers—especially farmers of color—and build back our farm and food system.”
Willie Nelson, Farm Aid President