The Inflation Reduction Act includes financial help for farmers — but not sp ecifically Black farmers | Here & Now

Farmer John Boyd Jr., poses in front of his hay bailer at his farm in Boydton, Va., Thursday, May 27, 2021. (Steve Helber/AP)

Last year, a $4 billion federal program was supposed to give debt relief to farmers of color who’ve faced decades of discrimination by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, but that program never paid out any money.

Now, the Inflation Reduction Act provides $2.2 billion to farmers who have faced discrimination from the USDA and $3.1 billion to “distressed borrowers.” It has been reworded to remove specific mention of farmers of color.

Here & Now‘s Scott Tong talks with John Boyd Jr., who is a farmer in Virginia and the president of the National Black Farmers Association.

This segment aired on August 17, 2022. Audio will be available soon.

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