Wed, 12/15/2010 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
black farmers settlement with USDA; Food Safety Modernization Act; Harold McGee
President Obama just signed into law a $1.15 billion settlement with thousands of black farmers who were discriminated against by the United States Department of Agriculture. We'll get an update from John Boyd Jr., president of the National Black Farmers Association, who spoke with us in February.
Speaking of legislation, the Senate and House have passed versions of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. But does the bill grant adequate exemptions to Oregon's many small farmers? We'll discuss the matter with Susan Boyd of Oregon Rural Action in La Grande and Albany farmer Scott Frost, who runs Nature's Fountain.