John Deere Creates Coalition For Black Farmers

In late summer 2020, as discussions of racial social justice arose throughout social media and the political realm, John Deere created a coalition that focused on improving the livelihood of Black farmers and addressing the long-running issue of heir’s property. That coalition, known as LEAP (Legislation, Education, Advocacy and Production Systems), now has a website dedicated to advancing its mission.

The LEAP initiative unites Deere with the National Black Growers Council and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, and while there is a broad effort of the coalition to improve the lives of Black farmers, there has been an emphasis on heir’s property, a complex issue that involves land passed from generation to generation without standardized legal paperwork, often the result of an ancestor who died without a will.

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