A Call to Action for “The Future of Farming and Food in America” Black Farmers Conference at The Holy Day of Atonement 2013

A Call to Action for “The Future of Farming and Food in America” Black Farmers Conference at The Holy Day of Atonement 2013

A Call to Action for “The Future of Farming and Food in America”

The Black farmers have been suffering at the hands of a designed plan by the US government to take them out of farming and to feed denatured and genetically modified foods to slow down the increase of the Black population.  At the same time there is mass unemployment for Blacks in the inner cities. The US government has planned against its own citizens. It is time that we plan to survive and thrive in America as other ethnic groups have done.

Many Black farmers have had discrimination complaints against the USDA going back over 30 years, yet all the government can talk about is $50,000, which to these Black farmers is an insult.  We have had 14 years to observe the behavior of the USDA after the Pigford lawsuit out of court settlement in 1999.  The very farmers who we went to court to save have been and are being foreclosed on, while the public believes that the farmers have gotten paid. Not one employee of the USDA that discriminated against Black farmers has been fired, because we believe that these employees did exactly what they were hired to do.

In discussing the plight of the Black farmers across the country, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan has agreed to incorporate a conference of Black farmers in conjunction with the 18th anniversary of the historic Million Man March. This conference sponsored by Independent Black Farmers and the Ministry of Agriculture of the Nation of Islam will be held October 19, 2013 in Tuskegee, AL. Minister Farrakhan is also convening a youth conference on this same Saturday, and in the spirit of atonement this would be a great opportunity to get the elders together to discuss a new system so that our youth will know that the elders are developing a plan for their future. With the average age of Black farmers being over 60 years of age, we must address the need for producing the next generation of farmers, agricultural scientists, manufacturers and store and restaurant owners so that we can control our food from “the land to the man.”

Title: The Future of Farming and Food in America

Date: Saturday, October 19, 2013

Place: Booker T. Washington High School, 3803 W Martin Luther King Hwy  Tuskegee, AL 36083

Time: 9 AM to 4 PM

Topics to be discussed include:
1. A New System for Food Production, Financing and Distribution,
2. Value Added Processing for Farm Commodities,
3. Developing New Farmers and Agricultural Entrepreneurs for Our Future,
4. Legal Issues with the USDA,
5. Strategies to Reunite Our City and Country Cousins around this Food Issue

Participants and Outreach We would like to get as many Black farmers and Black farmer organizations to participate as possible. We will draft letters to go out to:

  1. Gary Grant: The Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association
  2. John Boyd: National Black Farmers Association
  3. Ralph Page: Federation of Southern Cooperatives
  4. Rose Sanders: Lawyer for many Pigford lawsuit farmers
  5. Shirley Sherrod: Southwest Georgia Project
  6. Dean Walter Hill: School of Agriculture at Tuskegee
  7. Hezekiah Gipson: United Farmers (South Carolina)
  8. Each member of the Ministry of Agriculture in our several states

We would like two things from you: 1. Come with your wealth of experience and know-how in the Black farmer struggle to share your wisdom and guidance and 2. Spread the word to the Black farmers and community leaders that you know to attend this planning conference. Please register below. For more information, contact Dr. Ridgely Mu’min at drridge@noimoa.com  or phone 229-995-6619