Gary Black to Run for Senate and USDA Payments to Farmers of Color
**Georgia Ag Commissioner Gary Black has announced that he’s running for the U.S. Senate.
Ag Commissioner since 2011, Black tells www.gfb.org he’s running for the seat currently held by Senator Raphael Warnock.
Black’s decision means Georgians will elect a new Ag Commissioner next year, but he’ll serve out the remainder of his current term.
Black says he’s running for Senate for the future of America.
**A court has ordered USDA and the Biden administration NOT to move forward with preferential payments to farmers of color.
According to www.agrimarketing.com, Wisconsin U.S.
District Court Judge William Griesbach issued a temporary restraining order preventing USDA from forgiving any farm loans or paying 20% of those loans back to the farmers until the court rules on a requested injunction.
The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty is representing farmers from nine states saying the Biden administration's plan discriminates against white farmers.
**With big growth in berry output but declines in stone fruit, there have been substantial changes in summer fruit production in California in the 10 years from 2010 to 2020.
USDA shipment data show some commodities have expanded significantly, while others declined.
Fruit volume data shows the biggest gains were seen in Kiwi at 500% and blueberries 175%.
Apricots, plums and apples saw the greatest decline at 78, 74 and 72% respectively.