Socially Disadvantaged Farmers Research Ctr. to Diversify American Agriculture

Judicial Watch, February 18, 2015

In an effort to “diversify American agriculture” the Obama administration has embarked on a multi-million-dollar spending spree and this month proudly announced the creation of a new Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Policy Research Center.

The new facility will be dedicated to collecting and analyzing data, developing policy recommendations and evaluating policy concerning socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers including minorities, veterans and Native Americans. It’s simply the latest of many costly initiatives launched by the president to even the playing field in farming and ranching. In the last few years the administration has allocated more than $66 million to conduct training, outreach and technical assistance to minority and veteran farmers and ranchers, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the bloated agency that doles out the money.

There seems to be no end in sight to the cash flow. In fact, just a few weeks ago the administration announced another allocation of over $9 million to support socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers. The USDA does a great job advertising the taxpayer dollar giveaway on its website, announcing in all upper case and bold letters “NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS!!” for fiscal year 2015. The site touts the program for improving the supply of skilled agriculture workers and helping socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers own and operate farms, ranches and nonindustrial forest lands.

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On the same week that the agency announced the $9 million to support socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers, it also gave an additional $18 million to “strengthen the research, teaching and extension capabilities at 19 historically black” colleges and universities. That allocation was announced by the USDA’s Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Joe Leonard, and is part of a different program to help minorities–in this case blacks–succeed in agriculture. {snip}

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Michelle Obama’s $4.5 billion initiative to conquer childhood obesity in underserved communities is also administered by the USDA via a number of scandal-plagued programs in which taxpayers provide low-income populations with healthy foods like fruits and vegetables. {snip}

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  • Charles Martel

    Even Warren Buffets son gave up trying to teach Africans crop rotation that was practiced in ancient rome

    • LHathaway

      How soon till all the land is stripped of it’s wealth? Perhaps those rainforests, being cut down and turned into grazing land, will be put to good use sometime in the future?

  • MekongDelta69

    Everybody but us is always ‘disadvantaged.’ (and ‘oppressed’ of course.)

    Hey – I’m a ‘disadvantaged’ AmRen poster! Why? I have no clue. It just sounds so… ‘rebellious’ and ‘leftist chic’! I just wanted to be one of the ‘kewl kidz.’

    Nahmeen?
    Nahmsayin’?

  • Alexandra1973

    Amerinds would make better farmers than blacks, I’d think. If they’re not on the white man’s fire-water.

    • Reynardine

      Not especially. The few tribes who did so before Columbus practised only the most brutal and superficial of slash-and-burn agriculture.

  • MG Huffman

    This is more devious than it sounds on the outside. Not only is it a theft of our tax money for a phony egalitarian endeavor; but it is also an attempt to racially diversify rural America. The enemies of our people are trying to do to the largely white, rural communities in the heartland of our country the same thing they have done to the cities. Do they really want more black and mestizo farmers? No. What they want is more blacks and mestizos in the less-urban, more white, more conservative areas of our country.

    • Reynardine

      I like how veterans are thrown in as well to legitimize it, so Republicans can’t bitch about this program without inciting “you hate our veterans!” rhetoric from the left.

      Not that the left cares about veterans, but they sure are useful!

    • evilsandmich

      Big Zero wouldn’t mind that outcome I’m sure, but if history is any guide this is more about Obamas white buddies teaming up with his black buddies and leasing a piece of swampland somewhere long enough to pocket a diversity voucher.

  • Luca

    I use to be poor and disadvantaged. Then I went to work, joined the military, went to school, studied, promoted and helped my self.

    Now I have learned that what I have was gained by White privilege and so I’ll have to pay my fair share to the new crop of disadvantaged who can’t seem to get out of bed in the morning unless it’s to vote or or pick up their EBT card.

    Seems like minorities can’t take advantage of what I did because of racism. They’re not allowed to go to school, can’t get hired, can’t join the military etc. Poor babies, they’re so oppressed. If only they had a few more tax dollars.

    • Alexandra1973

      What cracks me up is Taco Bell and their thing where they’d like you to donate to help a teen graduate from high school.

      No one had to pay me to graduate.

      • A tip jar inside a Taco Hell to help “teens” graduate from Taco high schools? I’m not getting very good mental images form that.

      • Reynardine

        Paying people to stay in school is an awful idea.

        If they really cannot think that far ahead about their future and education, they don’t need one.

        • evilsandmich

          Speaking as someone who hated school, paying people to stay in school is like paying someone to stay with their ex-wife.

    • TruthBeTold

      I use to be poor and disadvantaged. Then I went to work, joined the
      military, went to school, studied, promoted and helped my self.

      That’s your white privilege talking.

      • Luca

        Sho is, boss.

    • Sick of it

      Pfft, like they get out of bed in the morning for anything.

  • Want more black farmers? Cancel welfare and give them all 40 acres and a mule.

    • Alexandra1973

      40 acres in sub-Saharan Africa, that is.

      • TruthBeTold

        Yes. It never did stipulate WHERE those forty acres would be.

      • Luca

        I’m all for reparations. Give each one $100,000. Only make it in Confederate dollars.

        • Speedy Steve

          Zambian money is 5000 to the dollar.

        • WR_the_realist

          Give them $60,000 U.S. dollars — but it can only be picked up in a Western African country, and the black recipient must agree to give up his American citizenship and never come back. That is real reparations, since it puts the person back where he would be had there never been slavery, but with a lot more cash.

          It would cost a great deal to give every black American reparations — about 2 trillion dollars. But put this in perspective — wouldn’t it have been better to have spent that money that way over the past fifteen years than on the forever wars in the Middle East?

          • meanqueen

            No need to talk about revocation of citizenship – just put it in the small print. They’ll never read it.

    • Who Me?

      Do NOT give the them 40 acres and a mule. Forty acres somewhere might be okay, but the not the mule. That would be animal abuse!

      • I guess, since its the 21st century, we could give them a tractor-with rims!

  • GM (Australia)

    I have had involvement with farming and agriculture in some form or another ever since I was a little boy on the family farm. Farming is hard work and with uncertain returns. To succeed you have to be very efficient and innovative and these days the only really profitable farms are in fact multi-million dollar enterprises which need to be run professionally. We have also been told at least for the past five decades that there is no place for government farm subsidies, these go against all international rules for agricultural trade. Is your president aware of this or is he seeking to recreate the peasant farms of previous generations? A bit like Rhodesia where large efficient farms have been turned into small family tobacco patches, they provide some cash return but will not feed a nation.

    • TruthBeTold

      Farm subsidies are permanently entrenched in the US.

      Fringe groups on the right and left speak out about them but I doubt they’ll ever be dismantled. Small farms have become dependent on them and corporate farms reap higher profit margins.

      • Sick of it

        Get rid of subsidies and food prices will rise naturally. The farmer can make money outside of price controls and a Soviet style economy.

    • evilsandmich

      Americans, and alas white Americans in particular, are infatuated with the idea of small scale (preferably organic) farming. This unrealistic vision feeds into subsidy graft which goes to a small handful of multi-bazillion dollar companies which have no problem setting some of their ill gotten gains to perpetuate this bunk. (Any bets on how soon Conagra forms a minority partnership on some document so that they can get a slice of this pie too?)

    • Bill Moore

      Hello GM (Australia),

      My son gets a kick out of working some of these scams. We own a parcel that is 9.977 acres. He looked into getting a federal subsidy for not raising pigs.

      He couldn’t stop laughing, while considering how many pigs we should not raise the first year (maybe ten), and then about forty the second year, because each female would (not) have a litter of about ten.

      Unfortunately, the minimum size is ten acres to get the subsidy for not raising pigs, so the plan fell through.

      But we still had lots of laughs about it.

      Bill Moore

  • Rhialto

    Thanks for the pointer. That event notice was funny, semi-intelligible, and frightening.

    • Tarczan

      Kier’s dissertation “An American River: A Queer Geography of the Potomac River Basin and Environmentalism in the Nation’s Capitol” examines how mainstream environmentalism has not merely been the benevolent project it’s often represented

      Yeah, pretty strange, and funny.

      • John Smith

        They can make even the most mundane things fit into their agenda.

  • superlloyd

    More black farmers? See what happened in Zimbabwe and South Africa to see how this will turn out if blacks mange to be given farms off YT’s tax dollars.

    • evilsandmich

      Like black Americans are soooo into farming. Up next for obama: an opium growth partnership with the Chinese.

  • Reynardine

    They won’t even leave us our farms and the countryside, where we can ensconce and live charming little White lives.

    If you don’t get it through your thick skull now, our enemies are going in, all or nothing. They want every little bit.

    • meanqueen

      O’s goal is to disrupt all our safe havens.

  • Groovy

    Didn’t they get enough as a result of the Pigford case. I recall the amounts of money were much greater than what is being discussed here.

    • Yancy Derringer

      Yep. Even when the program, which was fraught with fraud, officially ended Obama extended it and gave away another billion to blacks.

  • RacialRay

    WTF is “socially disadvantaged”? Every [email protected] day there is a new buzzword or pc phrase, but the upshot is always the same – more money out of my pocket, given to someone else.

    Why don’t you just use a gun, Obama?

    • Sick of it

      It would be much cheaper to pay for treatment after being shot than to pay these godawful taxes for the rest of our lives.

  • BloodofAlbion75

    I’m inclined to think that the practical effects of this effort by the Obama administration will be quite limited.The agricultural industry has seen a dramatic decline in the numbers of people it employs over the course of the last hundred years as the relentless growth in the mechanization and automation of farm and ranch labor has eviscerated employment opportunities in rural America.This will continue.

    Contrary to the disingenuous assertion made by Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden that America’s farmers and ranchers must be diverse to “stay competitive”,it is ONLY by embracing the dynamic efficiency and spectacularly increased productivity that inevitably results from an automated workplace that the agricultural sector can truly hope to remain competitive.

    • TruthBeTold

      Yes, like most black initiative, this one is late to the party.

      Lots of money will be channeled into the program which will have little bang for the buck but will pay off when blacks complain they weren’t given enough help or had to deal with racist government farm representatives and they can sue.

    • Yancy Derringer

      “Must be diverse to stay competitive” – what a riot. Did she dare invent any explanation for that?

      • Alexandra1973

        Who are we supposed to be competing against, and for what?

        • Kenner

          Zimbabwe, for the title of ‘former breadbasket’.

      • IstvanIN

        Actually to run a modern farm of any size you need to be versed in agricultural chemistry, agricultural calculus, agricultural accounting not to mention all the other agricultural sciences. It also helps to have some mechanical ability and be a self-starter.

        • John Smith

          All things negroes don’t excel at. Go to any drag strip and you will seldom find blacks racing, since they really don’t have the aptitude for mechanics. Meanwhile, racing, tractor pulls, off-roading, etc. are popular among rural Americans, who had to be proficient to make a go of it while farming.

        • HE2

          You also need to realize that crops and animals require year ’round constant maintenance, a word missing from negroes’ vocabulary. Their idea of animal ownership is tie ’em up in the back yard, or pen ’em up and forget ’em.
          They are so out of it they do not know that you loosen a dog’s collar as it grows. Animal rescue vets have had to surgically remove deeply
          embedded collars that were applied to a negro or mestizo’s dog as a puppy, never loosened as the pup grew. Terrible to see that.

          Our family always had to leave family gatherings early in order to milk cows, feed animals large and small, muck out stalls, wash water basins, spread hay, settle animals for the night.
          A farmer never has a day off. Does not sound like a job negroes or mestizos would want.
          This latest Obamascam is just another pie in the sky tax burden for Whites.

          • meanqueen

            I really don’t think this will go anywhere, with regard to blacks, anyway. They don’t like the country life and the work would put them off. Mestizos . . . that’s another story. They actually do know how to work on farms, the ones who aren’t running gangs, that is.

          • HE2

            Well, meanqueen, as another posted, and reflecting on it has me alarmed.
            This might be another “fair housing” HUD ploy to resettle blacks and other problematic ethnics out of crime ridden cities into White, rural areas.
            Obummer and his minions must destabilize rural, mostly White Christian communities where folks can still gather communally and safely celebrate holy days with no shootings or gang fights.
            No, they must spread the vibrant, enriching elements to every inch of this country.

          • meanqueen

            I’m just trying to calm myself down and not panic. I have a country home and count on it to be my refuge when society collapses. My neighbors are wonderful and would pull together in a crisis. But if the gov resettles undesirables into our area, then what?

  • Erik

    Yeah, because this is working so well in Africa.

    • IstvanIN

      Can’t wait until they start appropriating family farms.

      • John Smith

        They’ll use environmental regulations to restrict them and drive them out of business, allowing minorities to buy them cheaply with govt. loans and grants and special exceptions to existing environmental laws that only they would qualify for. White people will be hired to run them, however, just like they were to run Indian casinos. I’m speculating that blacks with agronomy degrees are almost as rare as those with degrees in astrophysics.

  • Kenner

    Anyone can grow zucchini, big deal.

  • IstvanIN

    Good grief, who thinks of this garbage?

  • MBlanc46

    Why, exactly, doesn’t “socially disadvantaged” include nerdy white guys? I was in the model railroad club in high school. If that’s not socially disadvantaged, nothing is

  • Speedy Steve

    40 acres and a mule.

  • Who Me?

    Trying to put Africans and Mestizos and assorted other foreigners in charge of everything, including now, growing our food. Unbelievable!

  • Speedy Steve

    … the growing popularity of sustainable food is laden with anthroheterocentric assumptions of the “good life”

    Truly exciting stuff. If I choose to attend, I’ll be sure to stand with my back to the wall.

  • Bill Moore

    Hello Biff_Maliboo,

    I went to the article and tried to read it. What a bunch of nonsense.

    It must have been written by a Progressive.

    Thank you,
    Bill Moore

  • Bill Moore

    Hello,

    After I have a couple of beers, I can appreciate the humor in the shenanigans coming from Washington DC.

    Handing millions of dollars to Africans and confiscating farms from Caucasian farmers and handing their farms to Africans to produce crops. What could be more hilarious than that?

    You gotta laugh,
    Bill Moore

    • John Smith

      Just like Zimbabwe….

  • meanqueen

    O is trying to invade all our safe havens, disrupt the voting pattern of rural areas in red states. I’m running out of words to describe how truly evil he is. Doubt he could get something like this implemented in the time he has left, though if another Dem gets in after him, ugh.

  • Race Heretic

    “Don’t wanna sound like a [jerk] or nothin’, but it says on your chart that you’re [screwed] up. Ah, you talk like a fag, and your [stuff]’s all retarded.” – Doctor from Idiocracy

    It seemed like it applied here.

  • Earl P. Holt III

    This will do for Agriculture, what it’s done for public education…

  • SimplyFred

    Yes. What about the birth rate in white race college students? Do you think our government will ever subsidize marriage, legitimate children, and family life on our college campuses?

  • archer

    Great, so now we can starve with the rest of the world, more billions down the rat hole. It’s never going to end with these commies.

    • Ella

      As a good Stalinist, they will finally remove the original land from owners and redistribute to the entitled poor who don’t know or care about farming.

  • Gray Liddell

    This is the section of the Code of Federal Regulations that defines who is ‘socially disadvantaged’ by virtue of the color of their skin and, accordingly, disregards the content of their character.

    13 CFR 124.103 – Who is socially disadvantaged?
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    § 124.103 Who is socially disadvantaged?
    (a) General. Socially disadvantaged individuals are those who have been subjected to racial or ethnic prejudice or cultural bias within American society because of their identities as members of groups and without regard to their individual qualities. The social disadvantage must stem from circumstances beyond their control.
    (b) Members of designated groups.
    (1) There is a rebuttable presumption that the following individuals are socially disadvantaged: Black Americans; Hispanic Americans; Native Americans (Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, or enrolled members of a Federally or State recognized Indian Tribe); Asian Pacific Americans (persons with origins from Burma, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, Japan, China (including Hong Kong), Taiwan, Laos, Cambodia (Kampuchea), Vietnam, Korea, The Philippines, U.S. Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (Republic of Palau), Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Samoa, Macao, Fiji, Tonga, Kiribati, Tuvalu, or Nauru); Subcontinent Asian Americans (persons with origins from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, the Maldives Islands or Nepal); and members of other groups designated from time to time by SBA according to procedures set forth at paragraph (d) of this section. Being born in a country does not, by itself, suffice to make the birth country an individual’s country of origin for purposes of being included within a designated group.

    • Diana Moon Glampers

      So the definition is non-white. Not a big shock. Surprising they left out Jews and Arabs.

  • Gray Liddell

    Also there is a great law review criticizing the process whereby groups become eligible for this ‘social disadvantage’ label.
    It is unusual in that most law reviews are all on board with Affirmative Action in all its forms.
    Anyway it is funny how some groups petition to be included.
    Santa Clara Law Review, the law review is titled:.
    “Gross Presumptions: Determining Group Eligibility for Federal Procurement Preferences”
    by George R. La Noue and John c. Sullivan

    here:
    http://digitalcommons.law.scu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1352&context=lawreview

  • MekongDelta69

    From the article:
    This talk highlights vital ways queering and trans-ing ideas and practices of agriculture are necessary for more sustainable, sovereign, and equitable food systems for the creatures and systems involved in systemic reproductions that feed humans and other creatures.

    The only required course (for leftists of any stripe) in the last 50 years, has been Polysyllabic Babbling 101.

    Cornell West is the Master of this, and he teaches the course. Optional movements are stroking of the chin and looking up in the air to make people think you’re thinking ‘deep thoughts.’

  • MekongDelta69

    I’ll trade you 10 Hmongs for 2 ‘Yards!

  • Ella

    I’ve got questions, Mr. Government. Does this include the Amish under “disadvantaged” programs when they compete against corporate monopolies? Will the government land grab and redistribute properties under Obamanism?

  • DiversityIsDeath

    Without a doubt, EVERYTHING is going downhill– including crops. I feel blessed that I experienced America while it was still good, but in decline. I’m thankful that I lived in USA while the gettin’ was good. The next generation of Whites will never know what we had, and they won’t be aware of it either. You know what I mean? That’s what the liberals and commies were counting on– that the coming generations of Whites can’t miss what they never had. Anyway, I feel sorry for the racial minority White babies who will be born into a minority-run failing planet.

  • 4321realist

    “Socially Disadvantaged Farmers Research Ctr. to Diversify American Agriculture”

    Blacks had the richest most productive soil for crops in the world for thousands of years, but never turned the earth with a plow, never entering into an agrarian society, instead living by fulfilling their needs by hunting and gathering whatever they needed for the moment.

    Was it white oppression or lack of opportunity for all those thousands of years that they never reached the level of evolution where they grew their own food?

    To pretend that they haven’t had the same opportunity as everyone else here to do the same is shameful.

    Apologists for them are going to be disappointed when these latest gimmie programs fail as well.

  • I think I am going to apply, just to waste their time. In fact, everyone should apply.

  • writeonbrother

    These people will not be satisfied until the US becomes Zimbabwe.

  • Fr. John+

    OK, now wait. A race that hated slavery and working the cotton plantations, who found EBT ‘salvation’ in the White Man’s cities, on the state and Federal Dole, now want to go back ‘to the land’?

    Umm, ok. Let’s look at the success of sub-saharan farming among the Dark Continent’s relatives… Yeah. Uh-huh.

    Nope. Not a wise idea. downright foolhardy, after all. If a civilization cannot even invent a written language or a wheel, how are they going to learn permaculture, crop rotation, and drip irrigation?

  • This is actually interesting if true, (not doubting you, I just have no personal knowledge of the mentioned program (s))
    Because I imagine a fairly large numberbof “us” are veterans, and if we were eligible, and we DID organize, we could potentially be handed enough land and resources by our own enemies in order to start acreage based farming communities of realists, solving the immediate problem of not enough of ys having sufficient wealth to do such a thing on our own. We could then build housing and small boom towns based off of farming, and with the profits, buy more land, increasing our hold and influence on a chosen geographical area.

    Given that you seem knowledgeable, is this feasible? Would we be able to choose adjacent plots of land to create a farming community?