USDA Looks To Forgive Rural Loans

The American Rescue Plan, according to USDA Head Tom Vilsack, has a variety of programs and plans to help rural America. Once of those plans includes loan forgiveness in rural areas. “Two types of loans we’re dealing with: direct loans and guaranteed loans,” Vilsack noted. “Let me deal with the direct loans first. To the […]

Lawmakers Introduce ACRE Act

A group of House lawmakers this week introduced the Agriculture Civil Rights and Equality Act, or ACRE Act. The legislation would prohibit officials at the Department of Agriculture from discriminating or providing preferential treatment to any person on the basis of race, color, national origin or sex. The prohibitions would apply to USDA hiring, contracting, […]

Vilsack: I trust Farmers

During a recent exchange between congressman Rick Allen and Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack focused on the past and future of black farmers. “American Rescue Plan includes 4 billion from USDA for loans to disadvantaged farmers,” Allen noted. “But in that definition of disadvantaged farmers, and again, what we’re hearing is a lot like if you […]

Vilsack Explains Purpose Behind Creation Of USDA Equity Commission

The USDA is creating an Equity Commission. Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack, explains why: “In the 70s, 80s, maybe even the 90s, Black farmers would go in to an FSA office in some states, and they would either not get a loan, or they would get the loan late, very late in the planting season, or […]

House Ag Hearing Focuses on Black Farmers

The House Agriculture Committee held a historic hearing Thursday reviewing the state of Black farmers in the United States. The hearing detailed decades of systemic racism and discrimination against Black Farmers by the USDA. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told lawmakers, “We will over the next four years do everything we can to root out whatever […]