Black farmers in Tennessee believe they have uncovered a race-based conspiracy to take their farms away from them.
Using good old-fashioned farming experience, African-American farmers in the Mid-South area surrounding Memphis caught on that something wasn't quite right with their "certified" seeds. Purchased from Stine Seed Company at the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show back show in March of 2017, these black farmers were consistently finding they had much lower yields than nearby farms using seeds from other companies.
Thomas Burell is one of those farmers, he told Raw Story:
Mother nature doesn’t discriminate. 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?