Center for Applied Research and Public Policy (CARPP)

  Publications - US Agriculture and Rural Development

Civil rights assessment of USDA program delivery complete

The USDA has released an independently produced report that provides a civil rights assessment of USDA's field-based program delivery and makes recommendations intended to ensure that all Americans have fair and equal access to USDA programs.  article

Historical Highlights: 2007 and Earlier Census Years

2007 CENSUS OF AGRICULTURE. fact sheet


The 2002 Census of Agriculture Provides a Comprehensive Count of Minority and Women Principal Operators in the United States. Fact sheet

2007 Census of Agriculture for Virginia

Farms with Women Principal Operators Compared with All Farms. Fact sheet

Re-Entering African-American Farmers: Recent Trends and a Policy Rationale by Spencer D. Wood and Jess Gilbert

Today, there are only about 15,000 black farmers in the United States. Declining by 98 percent since 1920, black farmers have suffered losses attributable to public policy, economic pressures, and racial oppression. All of these factors must be addressed if African-American farmers are to survive. article

Who Owns Natural Resources in the United States and Canada? by M. Patricia Marchak

If there is only one point you will recall from this paper, please make it this: property rights are
social definitions, not made in heaven. They exist as long as the society is willing to enforce them. If
enforcement is missing, they cease to exist. article

Federation of Southern Cooperatives Land Assistance Fund


An eminent domain fight, a Pigford sign-up deadline and catfish inspections by David Bennett

Folks tend to get upset when land they own is forcefully taken over by outside interests claiming eminent domain. Government projects, infrastructure needs, and economic health may be legitimate reasons to invoke the law but it doesn’t leave those whose lands are taken any less aggrieved. article

2007 Census Of Agriculture: Farm Numbers

The 2007 Census of Agriculture counted 2,204,792 farms in the United States, a 4 percent increase from 2002. The number of farms nationwide has been on a declining trend since World War II. The latest figure indicates a leveling of this trend, with a net increase of 75,810 farms. Fact sheet

Food and Community- W.K. Kellogg Foundation

The purpose of this guide is to present a consistent voice and set of messages for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Food & Community program. These messages are catalysts that tell the story of our work together – what the work is about and, more importantly, why it matters. This guide is for W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) grantees, partners and staff involved in Food & Community. We are all in this together, working to reach our individual, organizational and collective goals. Though we each have messages specific to our cause, we can build a stronger national voice – and increase our impact – when we advance key messages in unison. Report

 Pigford Lawsuit Frenzy! What Will be Revealed?-by Lee Stranahan

Thomas Burrell, who given seminars around the country on how to collect $50,000 checks in the Pigford ‘black farmers’ government money giveaway program has announced that he is suing people, including the Attorney General of Alabama and other Pigford advocates. The suit could yeild a lot of interesting tidbits in the multi-billion dollar scam that was shepherded by President Barack Obama and Eric Holder. Article