Equality in the Fields

Farm loan practices are challenged by minorities, women.

, The National Law Journal

Prejudice felt by farmers and cattle ranchers has blossomed into a series of class actions filed against the U.S. Department of Agriculture by American Indian, Latino and female farmers, each alleging the department is unwilling to lend them money on the same terms it offers white male farmers and is sometimes unwilling to lend them any money at all. The affected classes encompass tens of thousands of small family farm operators, say attorneys.

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