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Minority Farmers Lose Round as Judge Suspends Loan Relief (1)

June 11, 2021, 7:25 PM; Updated: June 11, 2021, 8:06 PM

An Agriculture Department program aimed at offering about $4 billion in loan forgiveness for minority farmers ran into a roadblock as a federal judge granted a temporary restraining order that White agricultural producers had sought, claiming discrimination.

A Wisconsin district court judge decided Thursday to pause the agency’s issuance of loan forgiveness for minority farmers as authorized under the latest coronavirus relief package (Public Law 117-2). The payments were set to begin in early June.

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