The Food and Farm Policy Diversity Initiative was created to move forward in coalition with other small and minority farm groups. This group is advocating for improvements in the US Farm Bill that address specific concerns of socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers. See http://www.ruralco.org/action/diversity/discuss.html
The federal tobacco buyout: The end of federal price supports
For decades, the tobacco market was regulated by a Depression-era price support sytem that utilized
quotaswhich limited the amount of tobacco farmers could legally sell. The American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 scrapped the quota system and included a buyout provision aimed at compensating tobacco quota owners and growers.
The legislation has faced tobacco farmers with important and complex decisions that will impact their lives, farms and communities in profound ways. Tobacco farmers' estate plans, retirement plans and tax liability all stand to be affected by the decisions they make with regard to the buyout.
The Land Loss Prevention Project is dedicated to assisting limited-resource farmers navigate the options and opportunities presented by the federal buyout legislation.
Additional resources on the federal tobacco buyout:
North Carolina Groups
- Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association/
- Operation Spring Plant
- Toxic Free NC (Formerly Agricultural Resources Center Pesticide Education Project)
- Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
- Rural Advancement Foundation International, USA
- National Family Farm Coalition
- Rural Coalition
- National Hmong American Farmers
- Federation of Southern Cooperatives
- National Tribal Development Association
- United Farmers USA
- HOLA/National Latino Farmers & Ranchers Trade Association
- Intertribal Agriculture Council
- Family Farm Defenders
- Missouri Rural Crisis Center
- Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group
- North Carolina A&T State University Cooperative Extension
- Southern SARE (Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education)
- The Tobacco Buyout Information Websiteby the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University.
- NCSU Prof. Blake Brown's Tobacco Economics website.
- USDA Farm Service Agency's Tobacco Information page.
- Tobacco Buyout Infois a collaboration between the University of Kentucky, the University of Tennessee, and North Carolina State University to provide educational materials related to the tobacco buyout.
Tobacco Quota Buyoutpage by the University of Tennessee's Agricultural Policy Analysis Center.