Resource: Tiegs v. Vilsack

By: Pacific Legal Foundation

July 6, 2021

Pacific Legal Foundation

When the pandemic struck, much of the U.S. agriculture industry felt the financial crunch. Julie Owen, James Tiegs, Abraham and Cally Jergenson, and Chad Ward were initially encouraged when Congress passed a COVID-19 relief law that included a farm loan forgiveness provision for economic hardship. But they each discovered that they are ineligible for the program for a single reason: They are white. Now, they are fighting for equal treatment in a federal lawsuit.