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An African-American family has established a farming dynasty in Alabama. The trade war is just the latest challenge, the New York Times reports. In 1910, black farmers made up about 14 percent of American farmers, owning over 14 million acres. In 2012, only about 1.5 percent of American farmers were black, and most had smaller farms — about a quarter of the size of the average white-owned farm, according to the Department of Agriculture. And if underrepresentation wasn’t enough of a challenge, the Bridgeforth family hasn’t had it easy.

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