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After Decades of Discrimination Lawmakers Propose Justice for Black Farmers

Alvin Lee standing at a gate next to a metal barn, in winter gear.

Alvin Lee watches his cows outside his barn near Wewoka, Oklahoma. He has about about 20 cows and 160 acres of land. (SETH BODINE / HARVEST PUBLIC MEDIA)

It’s a cold February afternoon, and Alvin Lee’s cows are hungry. He says he has to put three or four bales of hay out every other day, and he only has about 10 left. 

New hay is expensive -- about $40 per bale. He managed to get some for $20 each, but they are three years old. If this keeps up, he’ll have to scrape together money for more hay, he says. 

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