Transcript for By the Numbers: Historic relief for Black farmers?
President minds Covert relief bill that's now working its way through congress includes billions of dollars in aid to black farmers and other farmers of color. We take a closer look by the number. Four billion dollars us for the emergency relief for farmers of color act will provide in direct payments to help farmers of color. Pay USDA farm loans and taxes and help them respond to the economic impacts of the pandemic. Another one billion dollars would go towards technical and legal assistants. And cell root out racism in the farming industry. Let's look at some of the history black farmers in the US have lost more than twelve million acres of farmland over the last century. And that's mostly since the 1950s according to the USDA data. 925000. Dusty approximate number of black farm operators in 1920 roughly one insects evolved farmers. But by 2017 that number plunged to about 35000. And so now only one point 7%. Of farm operators are black. According to an analysis by Bloomberg News. Black owned farms on average smaller and less money and receive less government support then they're white owned counterparts. The reasons for this are complicated but experts say that a long and well documented history of races that meant the Department of Agriculture has played a role.
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