National Policy Alliance

Support to Increase Funding to African American Farmers
The National Policy Alliance supports equitable access of African American farmers to the 2008 Farm Bill’s allocated resources.  The five-year budget for the Farm Bill exceeds $280 billion and impacts every aspect of rural life, including nutrition and agriculture, housing, economic development and infrastructure, education, and community facilities.  Since it began, African American farmers and communities have received a disproportionately low share of the allocated funding.  Indeed, only $1.5 billion of the $280 billion goes to all minorities, with African Americans receiving a share.  With the failure of the Congressional Supercommittee to reach a debt deal, which has triggered across-the-board cuts of 25% to this and other programs, African American farmers, already marginalized, face even greater danger in their fight for survival.  Rather than across-the-board cuts to the Farm Bill, the National Policy Alliance calls for fairness and responsible policymaking that issues strategic, targeted cuts that ensure equitable access to the Farm Bill’s existing resources and development opportunities.

Submitted By Ajenai Simmons, National Black Caucus of State Legislators