Smaller operators, regardless of race, are struggling, as margins throughout agriculture shrink. The get-big-or-get-out mantra is what many live by.
However, white farmers don’t experience the racism many Black and other farmers of color say is routine. Whether accessing credit, participating in government programs, or dealing with subtle racism in town when working with local vendors, many farmers of color say the problems are systemic.
Even the recent COVID relief plan contained a program that was supposed to help socially disadvantaged and minority farms. But, to date, primarily due to a federal court ruling in Wisconsin, farmers across the country haven’t been able to see of the estimated $4 billion that was promised.
For farmers like Greer, this is just another example of setbacks Black farmers have faced for decades.
John Boyd, president of the National Black Farmers Association, agrees.