Black farmers struggle to remain relevant

Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for





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Will Scott was born on a farm and raised by sharecroppers.

But instead of becoming a farmer like his father and grandfather, Scott went to school, fought in the Vietnam War and worked at Pacific Bell as an engineer. Now in his seventies Scott has become something rare — a full time African-American farmer.

“It’s kind of like something is put into you, that comes out sooner or later,” says Scott.

Scott is emblematic of a greater trend of farmers across America. The small farmer is an endangered breed in the U.S., only one percent of the U.S. population claim farmer as their occupation. And for black farmers the numbers are more drastic, they now make up just one percent of the entire American farmer population. The black farmer is nearly extinct.

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