Resource: Carpenter v. Vilsak

By: Southeastern Legal Foundation

January 1, 2021

Southeastern Legal Foundation

As part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 signed by President Biden, Congress created a farm loan forgiveness program for non-white farmers. Under the program the U.S. Department of Agriculture automatically forgiving federal farm loans at 120 percent of the loan value, unless the farmer is white. The federal government’s exclusion of white farmers is illegal and unconstitutional. That is why SLF and Mountain State Legal Foundation (MSLF) filed a lawsuit in federal court on behalf of Leisl, a sixth-generation Tennessee farmer who is excluded from the program solely because of his skin color.