Brian German

Brian German

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  • United States, CA, Fresno
Brian German Fresno, CA
Jun 16
 
A federal judge has issued a temporary restraining order against the program to provide payments to socially disadvantaged borrowers.

https://agnetwest.com/debt-forgiveness-for-disadvantaged-farmers-on-hold-after-judges-ruling/

Categories: Accounting and Bookkeeping, Ag Policy, Agribusiness

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This is misleading: The judge actually halted USDA policy that gave monetary preference for loan forgiveness based on skin color as he viewed it unconstitutional (up to 120% of the loan). While we can all have our own opinion, based on a quick look into this, it does appear that USDA policy set aside approximately 20% of approved loan forgiveness funds for roughly 5% of the farming population, based solely on skin color. Unless there was additional information that hasn't been shared with the public, this would be unconstitutional based on current US law.

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By comparison, socially disadvantaged veteran farmers had an approximate 5% set-aside in the 2014 Farm bill, yet comprise approximately 11% of the farming population. (https://www.ers.usda.gov/agricultural-act-of-2014-highlights-and-implications/socially-disadvantaged-and-veteran-farmers-and-ranchers/). (https://www.nass.usda.gov/Publications/Highlights/2019/2017Census_Farm_Producers.pdf).

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Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964: "Title VII defines race discrimination as "discrimination on the basis of ancestry, physical, or cultural characteristics associated with a certain race, such as skin color, hair texture or styles, or certain facial features". It describes color discrimination as "discrimination based on skin pigmentation (lightness or darkness of the skin), complexion, shade, or tone". Title VII also adds, "Color discrimination can occur between persons of different races or ethnicities, or even between persons of the same race or ethnicity." Principally, a person should not be treated differently because of prejudice or bias based on race or color..." (https://www.army.mil/article/121944/about_race_and_color_discrimination_questions_answered)

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