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The “Pointing the Farm Bill Toward Racial Justice” Toolkit

With support from BFI, the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund and American University’s Antiracist Research & Policy Center have published a multimedia guide for engaging with the US Farm Bill.

March 11, 2024

By Austin Price

Dr. Gail Christopher speaks on racial healing at the 2023 Farm Bill Summit at Airlie Farm. Photos by Austin Price

FSC/LAF’s Dãnia Davy leads a discussion with Dr. Jasmine Jackson of the National Black Food & Justice Alliance and Susuyu Lassa from Soul Fire Farm on racial equity terms in the Farm Bill.

Summit attendees traveled to Washington DC to hold a congressional briefing at the Russell Senate Office Building.

April S. Love of the Socially Disadvantaged Farmer and Rancher Policy Research Center at Alcorn State University speaks during the congressional briefing.

After two days at Airlie Farm, the summit organizers and many of the attendees held a briefing at the Russell Senate Office Building. Most of the attendees at the summit and briefing represented farmers from the South — members of FSC/LAF. Dãnia Davy reminded our team that the last time this many farmers from the Federation convened in DC was the momentous 1992 “Caravan to Washington” led by Black farmers and supporters, which catalyzed the Pigford v. Glickman class action lawsuit against the US Department of Agriculture for racial discrimination.

As the Farm Bill reauthorization continues into 2024, FSC/LAF and the Antiracist Research & Policy Center have created a multimedia toolkit to serve as an “educational tool for farmers and landowners of color, racial justice advocates, and policymakers” to engage with the Farm Bill. BFI’s Communications Coordinator Austin Price and former Policy Director Sakeenah Shabazz contributed to the toolkit’s production.