June 3, 2021 -
Black farmers will start receiving their first payments this month under the Emergency Relief for Farmers of Color Act. Sponsored by Sen. Raphael Warnock of Georgia, it was part of the latest COVID-19 stimulus and has been called the most significant legislation for Black farmers since the Civil Rights Act of 1964. But the Texas agriculture commissioner and former Trump adviser Stephen Miller are among those involved in lawsuits to halt the payments, arguing they're unfair to whites.
July 3, 2019 -
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has been researching how the climate crisis will affect farming, but it's withheld the findings from the public. That's just one example of how the Trump administration is making it harder for farmers across the South — a region especially vulnerable to climate change — to prepare for a warming world.
October 15, 2015 -
The Georgia-based Federation of Southern Cooperatives is the domestic winner of this year's Food Sovereignty Prize, which honors grassroots activists working for a more democratic food system.
May 12, 2015 -
The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation has launched a "Southern Voices" oral history project to capture the stories of Southern leaders working for social and economic justice. This installment focuses on how organizations in the region are investing in ambitious plans to create diverse, sustainable economic engines.
June 4, 2013 -
A recent study by the Center for Global Development promotes the myth that unemployed Americans won't take farmworker jobs -- and therefore don't require much in the way of legal protections.
May 18, 2012 -
May 20 marks the day that the Emancipation Proclamation was read in 1865 in Florida, marking the end of slavery. Today, a new movement to end slavery in the fields is gaining force among Florida farmworkers.
June 22, 2007 -
We've all heard the worrisome reports recently about the disappearance of honey bees to a mysterious malady known as Colony Collapse Disorder.