Agriculture Dept. Defends Aid For Disadvantaged Farmers

By Michael Phillis (June 14, 2021, 8:17 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture said that there's no reason to block a federal program giving farm loans to socially disadvantaged farmers and that white farmers challenging the effort can't move forward as a class.

The USDA on Friday urged a Texas federal court not to enjoin the use of racial considerations in Section 1005 of the American Rescue Plan. Loan payments under that plan are currently stopped after a federal judge in Wisconsin on Thursday issued a nationwide temporary restraining order while an injunction bid in that case is briefed.

According to the federal government, the debt relief payment program...

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