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The head of the USDA says most WIC beneficiaries would lose access to the program within a few days of a government shutdown, leaving them unable to buy healthy food. Rogelio V. Solis/AP hide caption

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Millions of Americans will lose food assistance if the government shuts down

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President of the National Black Farmer's Association John Boyd stands in his fields in Baskerville, Va. He says the USDA's relief program is "like the fox watching the hen house." Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images hide caption

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The USDA Is Set To Give Black Farmers Debt Relief. They've Heard That One Before

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Rod Bradshaw, pictured in January 2021, says he's the last Black farmer in Hodgeman County, Kan. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack talked with NPR about debt relief coming for Black farmers. Charlie Riedel/AP hide caption

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Black Farmers Have Long Faced Discrimination. New Aid Aims To Right Past Wrongs

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A gate blocks the entrance of a farm operated by Daybreak Foods, on May 17, 2015 near Eagle Grove, Iowa. The facility was reportedly struck by the current outbreak of bird flu. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsick says biosecurity measures are crucial to containing the spread of the disease, which has only infected birds, not humans. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Secretary Of Agriculture: Bird Flu Poses 'No Health Issue' To Humans

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