Black farmers were deliberately sold ‘fake seeds’ in scheme to steal their land

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  1. muckraker10021

    muckraker10021 Superstar ***** BGOL Investor

    Black farmers were deliberately sold ‘fake seeds’ in scheme to steal their land

    Thomas Burrell, president of the Black Farmers and Agriculturists Association and soybean farmer David Hall, composite image.

    July 10th 2018 |

    Black farmers in the Mid-South region surrounding Memphis used science to uncover a multi-million scheme to put them out of business and steal their farmland, WMC News reported Tuesday.

    At the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show show in March of 2017, African-American farmers believe that Stine Seed Company purposefully sold them fake seeds.

    Thomas Burrell, president of the Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association, explained how black farmers were receiving one-tenth of the yield as their white neighbors.

    “Mother nature doesn’t discriminate,” Burrell said. “It doesn’t rain on white farms but not black farms. Insects don’t [only] attack black farmers’ land…why is it then that white farmers are buying Stine seed and their yield is 60, 70, 80, and 100 bushels of soybeans and black farmers who are using the exact same equipment with the exact same land, all of a sudden, your seeds are coming up 5, 6, and 7 bushels?”

    The results were so stark, resulting in millions of dollars in losses, the farmers took their seeds for scientific testing by experts at Mississippi State University.

    The tests revealed the black farmers had not been given the quality “certified” Stine seeds for which they had paid.

    Burrell suggested a land grab was the ultimate motivation of the perpetrators.

    “All we have to do is look at here: 80 years ago you had a million black farmers, today you have less than 5,000. These individuals didn’t buy 16 million acres of land, just to let is lay idle. The sons and daughters, the heirs of black farmers want to farm, just like the sons and daughters of white farmers.”

    “So we have to acknowledge that racism is the motivation here,” Burrell concluded.

    The farmers have filed a class-action lawsuit in United States District Court for the Western Division in Memphis.

    A state legislator is also seeking an investigation into the scheme.

    Tennessee Rep. G.A. Hardaway (D-Memphis) vowed state government would investigate “issues which have negatively impacted our black farmers.”

    “We will explore the avenues — whether its civil, whether it’s criminal — dealing with fraud,” Rep. Hardaway vowed.

    One farmer victimized, David Hall, explained why he had paid extra for high quality seeds.

    “We bought nearly $90,000 worth of seed” Hall explained. “It’s been known to produce high yield, so you expect it, when you pay the money for it, to produce the high yields.”

    The farmers “were effectively duped,” Burrell told WREG-TV. “It’s a double whammy for these farmers, it accelerates their demise and effectively it puts them out of business.”

    “No matter much rain Mother Nature gives you, if the germination is zero the seed is impotent,” Burrell reminded.
  2. easy_b

    easy_b Well-Known Member BGOL Investor

    You mail merge my post :hmm:

    COINTELPRO Well-Known Member BGOL Investor

    I have been posting my issues such as intellectual property theft and harassment along with other people. Do not think for once it can not happen to you.

    You will tied up in their court system for decades seeking relief that may not come costing you serious. money. They could have been proactive in sourcing their seeds from other countries. The other black farmers that sued the federal government, for decades should have taken steps to protect themselves,
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2018
  4. Mr.Mojo

    Mr.Mojo Well-Known Member Registered

    Goddamn..the black man and woman are under attack in all ways in this fuckin country.systematic fuckery.but let somebody pick up a gun and kill the right one..oh noo..we have to do something about these super predators.smh

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