sounds like institutional racism within the usda

posted April 23, 2016

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March 17, 2016

Eddie and Dorothy Wise continue to live at the Deluxe Inn in the Rocky Mount area.  As I write this today, they are on the property packing and removing all of their personal belongings.  The Federal Marshals are giving them only one day to remove everything.  One has to wonder how you pack up a lifetime in just a few hours.  No time to sort or anything else.

Eddie has been frustrated that he cannot get in contact with Federal Marshals to get onto the property to get his personal belongings out of the house. Also, trying to find out what happened to his dogs.

When I spoke with Eddie on Wednesday (3/16/2016), and this has been true since their removal on January 20, 2016, he was still concerned about his dogs and what has happened to them.  He feels really sure that they have been “put down” because it was over a week before the marshals office informed him that the dogs had been sent to the “pound.”  Such an incident as this is stressful enough without the additional constant worry of what has happened to your “best friends,” your dogs “who certainly provide unconditional love,” Eddie said.

We did finally get in touch with Congressman G. K. Butterfields’ office and the congressman has offered to do what he can to assist the Wises, even in trying to help them find housing once they are ready.

Many people have come to the aide with suggestions and support.  However, nothing, yet, has put any kind of stop or even slow down on this case.  The farm is set to be sold at auction on Thursday, April 7, 2016.  At this writing, I am not sure just where.  We do know that there have been several “white folk,” Eddie’s terminology, that have been after the property for a very long time and Eddie believes that they are pushing so they can get the property.

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fsa grant available to help socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers

posted August 2, 2014

FSA grant socially disadvantage

Grant applications are being accepted from eligible applicants to assist socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers to own and operate farms and ranches. The grant will assist community-based organizations, higher education institutions and tribal entities in providing outreach and technical assistance to socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers. Applications must be submitted by Aug. 25. Learn more.


did drought kill your trees? here's some help…

posted April 11, 2014

2012 and 2013 were tough years for planting/growing anything in much of the US.  If it wasn’t flooding, it was a drought.  drought kill your trees?

Trees died.  The FSA office of USDA is here to help (with cash to recoup your losses). Even for losses you may have had two years ago!

The Details

The farm bill was recently extended, so what’s old is new again.  Here’s how it worked last time around:


1) Read the above links
2) Call your FSA office 
3) Be nice
4) File an FSA-899 form
5) IMPORTANT DETAIL: If you’re a Beginning Farmer (10 years farming or less in last 10) or Historically Underserved (look up the definition if you don’t know), you are EXEMPT from the crop insurance requirement.  THAT MEANS YOU CAN APPLY EVEN IF YOU HAD NO CROP INSURANCE.
6)Tell Grant how it goes for you.