Story at a glance

  • A Wisconsin farmer is suing the Biden administration over a federal loan forgiveness program he is ineligible for because he is white.
  • “If somebody’s green, I think they should be allowed to participate, based on their actual qualifications for the program, and not just picking an arbitrary thing like race,” Faust added.
  • Faust told FOX 11 he doesn’t understand how any group of farmers could be worse off than another, adding if the plan left out any other group there would be widespread outrage.

A Wisconsin farmer is suing the Biden administration over a federal loan forgiveness program he is ineligible for because he is white. 

Adam Faust, a disabled farmer, is among a group of Midwestern farmers who filed a lawsuit alleging the COVID-19 relief program for socially disadvantaged farmers only applies to people of color, FOX 11 reported. The plan offers $4 billion in loan forgiveness. 

“It was just out and out racist, and I really don’t think that there should be racism allowed in the federal government at any level,” Faust said.

“If somebody’s green, I think they should be allowed to participate, based on their actual qualifications for the program, and not just picking an arbitrary thing like race,” Faust added.


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Faust told the outlet he doesn’t understand how any group of farmers could be worse off than another, adding if the plan left out any other group there would be widespread outrage. 

“I’ve never seen any government program based solely on that,” Faust said. “I mean, if it would’ve been against any other race, everybody would’ve been onboard and would’ve been complaining immediately.”

Deputy counsel Daniel Lennington from the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty, the group filing on behalf of the farmers, told FOX 11 the loan plan is simple, race-based discrimination. 

“That’s literally what the law says. If you’re not white, you get the benefit. If you’re white, you do not get the benefit,” Lennington told the outlet. 

“Our clients are not asking for their loans to be forgiven,” Lennington said. “Our clients are asking for the government to abide by the principal of equality."

The justice department did not directly reply to FOX 11’s request for comment, but a U.S. Department of Agriculture spokesperson said the department is working with the Department of Justice and “will continue to implement the debt relief to qualified socially disadvantaged borrowers in the American Rescue Plan Act.” 

Farmers from Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota and Ohio have joined Faust in the suit. 


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Published on May 06, 2021