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khubaka, michael harris
The restoration of Black Agriculture in America has never been a mission critical priority since the creation of the Department of Agriculture at the dawn of the end of chattel slavery throughout America, including California. President Lincoln established the Department of Agriculture in preparation for his preliminary Emancipation Proclamation in 1862. Secretary Vilsack in one of his first outreach meetings with "Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers" shared a Civil Rights agenda and later a began a cultural transformation of the USDA. Amazing good news... If the Food, Farm and Jobs Bill continues a singular focus on Rural America at the continual public policy exclusion of Urban Agriculture, then we need a separate Agriculture Department within Health and Human Services and/or Housing and Urban Development... the destruction of Black Agriculture in America is clear and no specific target policy is on the horizon... in fact everything that has worked has been cut in the name of cost savings... even saying Black Farmer or Black Agriculture is not possible in the current reality. The Congressional Black Caucus Chair, Honorable Marcia Fudge Urban Agriculture agenda begins the positive way forward... yet is may take discretionary Secretary resources to implement what Rural Congress members have never ever done... support Black Farmers and Agriculturalists in specific public policy allocation of US taxpayer resources, yet our contribution to the forward flow of humanity is well documented.
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