Historically denied ‘pivotal’ loans, Black farmers still struggle to get support

For decades, Black farmers have been excluded from federal farm programs — a systematic pattern of discrimination that the U.S. Department of Agriculture acknowledged decades ago. Yet proposals to compensate farmers for past wrongs have languished in controversy and red…

Historically denied 'pivotal' loans, Black farmers still struggle to get support

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For decades, Black farmers have been excluded from federal farm programs — a systematic pattern of discrimination that the U.S. Department of Agriculture acknowledged decades ago. Yet proposals to compensate farmers for past wrongs have languished in controversy and red tape. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro begins his report in northwest Kansas for our ongoing series, “Race Matters.”

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