The House Agriculture Committee reviewed the state of black farmers in the U.S. on Thursday. In an opening statement, Committee Chairman David Scott said the hearing is a very public way to address the deep mistrust farmers of color feel toward the USDA and to make sure no talent or ability is ignored. Black farmers make up less than two percent of all farmers in the U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack testified in the hearing. Vilsack said USDA will readdress systemic discrimination and the USDA will examine opportunities to increase equity for all underserved populations.
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