white farmers sue Biden
A group of white farmers has gathered to sue the federal government over aid programs that are race-based and exclude white people. The farmers say that they are excluded from programs offered by the Biden administration “solely due to their race.”
The plaintiffs from Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Ohio are being represented in their suit by the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty against U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack and Farm Service Agency administrator Zach Ducheneaux.
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Their complaint argues that a loan program as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 for “socially disadvantaged” farmers is unconstitutional because it is race-based.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel noted that the program “pays up to 120% of direct or guaranteed farm loan balances for producers who are Black, American Indian or Alaskan native, Hispanic or Latino, and Asian American or Pacific Islander.” But white producers do not qualify.
“Were plaintiffs eligible for the loan forgiveness benefit, they would have the opportunity to make additional investments in their property, expand their farms, purchase equipment and supplies, and otherwise support their families and local communities,” the lawsuit reads. “Because plaintiffs are ineligible to even apply for the program solely due to their race, they have been denied the equal protection of the law and therefore suffered harm.”
According to the Biden administration website, the race-based programs are in response to the coronavirus.
“USDA recognizes that socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers have faced systemic discrimination with cumulative effects that have, among other consequences, led to a substantial loss in the number of socially disadvantaged producers, reduced the amount of farmland they control, and contributed to a cycle of debt that was exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic.
During the pandemic, socially disadvantaged communities saw a disproportionate amount of COVID-19 infection rates, loss of property, hospitalizations, death, and economic hurt.”
One of the plaintiffs, dairy farmer Adam Faust, slammed the race-based criteria, saying, “There should absolutely be no federal dollars going anywhere just based on race. The economic impact from COVID-19 didn’t hurt any race more than another as far as agriculture goes.”
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white farmers sue Biden