USDA Seeks to Win Case on Minority Farmer Debt Relief

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By Andrew Westney (March 2, 2022, 9:03 p.m. EST) — The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture has urged a federal court in Illinois to reject a bid by white farmers to block a US farm debt relief program. Biden administration aimed at socially disadvantaged groups, saying funding for the American Rescue Plan Act is needed to address past and current discrimination against minority farmers.

Matthew and Joshua Morton sought summary judgment in their action against USDA Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack and another official, claiming that Section 1005 of the Act – inserted into the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 in response to decades of discrimination within the United States Department of Agriculture. agricultural loan…

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