The National Black Farmers Association Incorporated is a non-profit, community organization founded in February of 1995, by John Boyd, Jr., of Baskerville, Virginia, a third generation farmer who is determined to hold on to his heritage, and to save his farm from foreclosure caused by racial discrimination under the United States Department of Agriculture.
To encourage the participation of small and disadvantaged farmers in gaining access to resources of state and federal programs administered by the United States Department of Agriculture. To communicate and educate our community through effective outreach and technical assistance.
John W. Boyd Jr. is a fourth generation farmer as well as one of America's most effective
defenders of civil rights. He has been featured in The Washington Post, "60 Minutes," "Nightline,"
CNN and as ABC News Tonight's "Person of the Week." He is a past nominee for the NAACP's
highest honor, The Springarn Award, and currently ranks as one of Ebony Magazine's most
In 1995, Boyd founded the National Black Farmers Association after encountering the US
Department of Agriculture's discriminatory practices first-hand and meeting many more black
farmers who shared this experience. Boyd soon led NBFA members in a march on the White
House. He went on to meet with President Clinton and to testify before Congress. The plight of
black farmers had caught the nation's attention, but Boyd's pursuit of justice continues to this day.
In addition to his work with NBFA and as an organizer of the Fairness Now for Black Farmers
rallies, Boyd has served in many leadership roles:
- 2009, Appointed by Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell to serve on his Agriculture transition
- 2009, Vetted by President Obama’s transition team as a candidate for Secretary of
- 2005, Appointed by then-Virginia Governor-elect Tim Kaine to serve as co-chair of his
- Policy Committee on Agriculture and Forestry during the transition period;
- 2005, Recipient of the Legacy of Excellence “Keeper of the Flame” Award;
- 2000, Appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve on his administration's tobacco
- 2000, Democratic nominee for election to Virginia's 5th Congressional District;
- 1999, Appointed by then-Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore to serve on the Virginia Tobacco
Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission;
Boyd lives in Baskerville, Virginia where he continues to work his farm.