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Black Farmers Allocated $5 Billion in COVID Relief Bill

President Joe Biden’s imminent $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package has carved out $10.4 billion for the nation’s farmers — half of which will go to Black farmers.

John Boyd, president of the National Black Farmers Association, told The Grio’s April Ryan the money is a much-needed lifeline for the industry.

“We’re quite frankly faced with extinction. If we can’t get a new generation of young people involved in agriculture and farming, Blacks and other farmers of color into farming, you won’t see it,” Boyd said.

John Hope Bryant, founder and head of Operation Hope, said the allocation is “a long time in coming and over 400 years past due.”

“You can’t compare it to white farmers because Black farmers were the only ones enslaved,” Bryant said, The Grio reported. “This is not just about COVID but it is the right thing to do.”

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