Documents: Agriculture Stabilization & Conservation Service (ASCS) Elections

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[The Agriculture Stabilization & Conservation Service (ASCS) was an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture. Among other programs, it distributed cash crop subsidies, assigned acreage allotments, and made price-support and land-conversion loans to farmers who grew cotton, corn, tobacco, peanuts, and so on. Under the ASCS system, farmers in each county elected a committee that divided up the money and acreage allotments amongst them. Historically, Blacks in the Deep South were exlcuded from these elections, and the all-white committees denied Black farmers their fair share — enriching white farmers at the expense of Blacks. In the mid-1960s freedom organizations such as SNCC, CORE and COFO began organizing Black farmers to vote in, and run candidates for, the ASCS elections.]

1964   Cotton Vote in Mississippi, COFO report.
1964? 65?Do the Farm Programs in Your Area Discriminate? CORE? Undated, probably 1965
1965SNCC Memo on ASCS Elections (From SNCC 50th Anniversary Conference)
1965? 66?ASCS Flyer #1, Mississippi.
1965? 66?ASCS Flyer #2, Mississippi.
1965? 66?ASCS Elections, Mississippi. (Primer)
1965 CORE ASCS Election Flyer, Lousiana.
66? 67? ASCS Organizers Handbook, Author unknown.
1966 Report on ASCS Election in Marshall & Desoto Counties, Rita Walker, SNCC (MS)
1966     How to Lose an ASCS Election Right and Left, Unsigned. Report on the 1966 ASCS election in Hinds County MS.
1966 Report and Observation of the Perry (County) ASCS Election, Albert Turner, SCLC. September, 1966
1967 How Our Machine Can Win the Elections, MFDP. May 1967, Manual for ASCS Election Block Captains
1967ASCS Election Flyer, Hinds County MS.
1967Farm Programs: FHA, FES, ASCS, SRRP
1967Black Farm Families — Hunger & Malnutrition in Rural Alabama, SRRP
1967The Extinction of the Black Farmer in Alabama, SRRP


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