Federation Conversation - Ep. 7 - The Owens Family
Episode 7 features a discussion with Jordan & Johnny Owens, a dynamic brother & sister rancher duo who both accepted the debt relief promised to them under American Rescue Plan Act Section 1005. In this poignant conversation, we discuss their experiences of race-based discrimination, the hopes they had when they accepted the debt relief, and the impact of the repeal of Section 1005 under the Inflation Reduction Act on their operations. As you listen, keep in mind, the views expressed by the Owens are their own views and not necessarily the views of the Federation or this Podcast’s Sponsor. To read text of the Inflation Reduction Act, visit: Text - H.R.5376 - 117th Congress (2021-2022): Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 | Congress.gov | Library of Congress To read the Federation's Statement on the Repeal of Section 1005 by the Inflation Reduction Act, visit: IMPORTANT: Inflation Reduction Act - Legislating Broken Promises to Black Farmers (constantcontact.com) If you need assistance to save your farm, due to the repeal of Section 1005, contact: The Federation of Southern Cooperatives
August 24, 2022
Federation Conversation - Ep. 6 - State-Level Advocacy
Episode 6 features a conversation with Alaina Reeves who serves as the first-ever Georgia State Director at State Innovation Exchange. We will be discussing state-level advocacy, agricultural legislation that was introduced in Georgia last session, and the importance of getting engaged with your local legislative process.
June 04, 2022
Federation Conversation - Ep. 5 - Farm Bill Advocacy & Allyship
Episode 5 features a wonderful discussion about Farm Bill Advocacy, Allyship and so much more with Francine Miller | Vermont Law School who serves as Senior Staff Attorney and Adjunt Professor at the show's sponsor Center for Agriculture and Food Systems | Vermont Law School.
May 01, 2022
Federation Conversation - Ep. 4 - Ag. Policy Coalitions & Partnerships
Today’s episode features a conversation with Ben Thomas, Senior Policy Director, Climate-Smart Agriculture at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). We will be discussing the importance of partnerships and coalitions in agricultural policy advocacy, the role of science in climate-smart ag policy, and the upcoming GA Farmers Listening Session that the Federation partnered with EDF to produce.
March 10, 2022
Federation Conversation - Ep. 3 - The Federation's Pigford Research Project with Brandeis University
Today’s episode features a conversation with Professor Thomas Shapiro, Pokross Professor of Law and Social Policy at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. We will be discussing the Pigford Research Project that the Federation is conducting in partnership with Brandeis University's Institute for Economic and Racial Equity.
January 29, 2022
Federation Conversation - Ep. 2 - Farmers are First Responders
On October 12th, the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund filed a Motion to Intervene in the Miller v. Vilsack lawsuit currently pending in the Northern District of Texas. In this episode, Executive Director, Cornelius Blanding, and Dania Davy, Director of Land Retention and Advocacy examine the context for the Federation's attorneys (Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law, Public Counsel & Winston & Strawn) filing this significant Motion to Intervene. Their conversation also explores the history and legacy of Black landownership, the role of farmers as first responders in the fight against climate change, and the important education, solidarity and equity work the Federation is leading. If you are an heirs' property landowner with an issue related to your land, visit our website, www.federation.coop and be sure to register for our upcoming National Heirs' Property Boot Camp - FORWARD 2022: Building Back with Heirs' Property which will take place virtually on December 1-3, 2021. This episode was sponsored by: Center for Agriculture and Food Systems | Vermont Law School
October 29, 2021
Federation Conversation - Ep. 1 - Cooperative Development
The Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund was founded 54 years ago by 22 cooperatively-owned business at the intersection of the Civil Rights and Black Cooperative Development movements. In homage to the organization's origins, this premiere episode of the Federation Conversation features a discussion about our current Cooperative Development work featuring Director of Cooperative Development & Strategic Initiatives, Terence Courtney, in conversation with Dania Davy, Director of Land Retention and Advocacy. To learn more about the Federation's Cooperative Development work, visit our website, www.federation.coop and be sure to register for our upcoming conference - CoopEcon 2021: Building Back Cooperatively which will take place virtually on October 14-16, 2021. To register for the CoopEcon, visit: www.federation.coop/event-details/coopecon2021 This episode was sponsored by: Center for Agriculture and Food Systems | Vermont Law School
September 29, 2021