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National Black Farmers Association

Climate Change Hits Close to Home for Small Family Farmers

John W. Boyd Jr. | Posted 12.06.2014 | Green
John W. Boyd Jr.

For many years on my Virginia farm I had my corn crop in the ground by the end of March. But that has not been the case for the last 10 years. Spring planting season has become more and more delayed because of changes in our weather patterns. Nowadays, I find myself planting corn in May.

Meet Bernie Pringle: Tribute to a Lifelong Farmer

John W. Boyd Jr. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
John W. Boyd Jr.

When Bernie Pringle started farming at age 16, the United States was neck-deep in the Great Depression; Jim Crow had black America by the throat and the struggle to survive left little time to imagine the startling changes time would bring.

High Price of Monopoly: Why American Farmers Must Buy From Just One Seed Company

John W. Boyd Jr. | Posted 04.22.2012 | Green
John W. Boyd Jr.

Monsanto's monopoly limits farmers' choices and threatens our livelihoods. But America's antitrust laws were enacted to protect us from this very situation. These laws are premised on the belief that competitive markets produce the best products, and they need to be enforced.

Black and Indian Farmers Deserve Funds From Settlement

David Person | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Person

With each of its nine failed attempts, the Senate has callously toyed with these farmers, shamefully delaying its opportunity to correct decades of documented discrimination by refusing to rise above its own political machinations.

The Egg Recall Was a Disaster Waiting to Happen

John W. Boyd Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
John W. Boyd Jr.

The people who are least surprised to hear of the appalling conditions that led to the egg recall that began on August 13 were my fellow small and mid-sized farmers.

Justice is the Best Stimulus

John W. Boyd Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
John W. Boyd Jr.

President Obama asked Congress in May for $1.15 billion to compensate black farmers for discrimination by the Department of Agriculture. Congress has failed to act.