Skip to comments.Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers
Posted on 06/16/2011 8:27:01 PM PDT by artichokegrower
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) makes and guarantees loans to approved socially disadvantaged applicants to buy and operate family-size farms and ranches.
A socially disadvantaged (SDA) farmer, rancher, or agricultural producer is one of a group whose members have been subjected to racial, ethnic, or gender prejudice because of his or her identity as a member of the group without regard to his or her individual qualities. SDA groups are women, African Americans, American Indians, Alaskan Natives, Hispanics, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
Excellent! I just became a One-legged Eskimo Lesbian Chicken Farmer! Wa-Hoo! My troubles are over! Thank you, Mother Government!
So those folks who never farmed will get an advantage over those who have been working and sweating out in the fields.
Are they using Zimbabwe as a model?
The time has come to clean house.
American Indians? Oh, you mean those folks who showed the Jamestowne settlers and the Pilgrims how to survive.
Lesbian Trapped in a man’s body farmer. Plus I also have no land, it’s not fair. Pay me not to plant anything.
LOL! That's very ambitious of you :^)
Beyond sickening. Shrink government and do it now. This is garbage.
Western Farm Press
FSA loans and socially disadvantaged agriculture producers
* Val Dolcini, state executive director for USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) in California says his agency continues to reach out to women, ethnic and minority farmers. As last years lending data shows, Californias FSA staff has experienced significant success in making loans to socially disadvantaged (SDA) producers.
* In California, 39.7 percent of the loans FSA approved, were to minority or socially disadvantaged applicants this last year, according to Dolcini
* SDA groups are women, Blacks or African Americans, American Indians, Alaskan Natives, Hispanics, Asian Americans and Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders.
Val Dolcini, state executive director for USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) in California says his agency continues to reach out to women, ethnic and minority farmers. As last years lending data shows, Californias FSA staff has experienced significant success in making loans to socially disadvantaged producers.
In loans, programs and services, everything we do is available for all applicants, said Dolcini. But for traditionally underrepresented population groups, FSA continues to focus on increased participation in all offices, said Dolcini. FSA reserves a portion of its direct and guaranteed loan funds each year for eligible socially disadvantaged participants. These loan programs are designed to help farmers purchase and operate family size farms.
In California, 39.7 percent of the loans FSA approved, were to minority or socially disadvantaged applicants this last year, according to Dolcini. FSAs total California loan activity during Fiscal Year 2010 exceeded $117 million, with $46.7 million of those dollars reaching socially disadvantaged borrowers who applied and qualified for direct and guaranteed loans.
FSA defines a socially disadvantaged (SDA) farmer, rancher or agricultural producer as one of a group whose members have been subjected to racial, ethnic, or gender prejudice because of his or her identity as a member of the group, without regard to his or her individual qualities. SDA groups are women, Blacks or African Americans, American Indians, Alaskan Natives, Hispanics, Asian Americans and Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders.
“With these loan and assistance programs, FSA hopes to help reverse the declining number of farmers and ranchers across the United States and especially here in California,” said Dolcini. “These loans help to encourage and assist individuals to become owner / operators of their own farms and ranches, to participate in agricultural programs and to become integral members of the agricultural community.”
Applicants must meet the eligibility requirements for a given program before FSA can extend program benefits. For more information on these and other programs available through FSA, contact the Farm Service Agency at the local USDA Service Center or call 530-792-5520 or visit www.fsa.usda.gov.
I just became a One-legged Eskimo Lesbian Chicken Farmer!
Whew! Thank God my wife is a woman or I would never get one of these loans. I guess the gov’t really just hates white homosexual males.
What about gay, transgender and disabled farmers?
Po ass redneck sod busters need not apply.
I’m so sick of this victim crap
Love it or leave it
Somebody's disadvantaged, but it isn't socially.
When the Mexicans seize control of the halls of power, this type of social engineering will go away, but along with their economically disadvantaged rise to power will come the corruption and graft that is so common south of the border. When can we just say no?
Not so fast Diana, "Eskimo" means you're in or from Sarah Palin's state. Good luck getting anything from Obamastad.
"Lesbian" however, does mean your story will be picked up by the MSM as the recent faux Syrian lesbian bloggers proved.
I had written a diatribe in the course of which I looked something up I'd read with google. Then I scrapped the post because it was too long.
So I look at the Sarah Palin thread and jump over and am listening and partly watching her video about her emails, and what does Youtube dish up? The farmer I'd googled. I doubt if I'd deleted my cookies which I often do, it would have made any difference.
They probably used my search and IP address; mine is dynamic and changes almost every day but would have been the same over a span of a few minutes. Makes me annoyed and should use a different search engine. There's one that uses google but anonymously supposedly, can't remember what it is.
I'm learning a lot about farming I never knew which I formerly thought boring.
The FSA has all kinds of programs, so this isn't surprising. Last night I happened across and watched a video about how the Land Bank had made loans to farmers and then land prices tanked for awhile or, in one case the farmer in CO died, left the farm to his heirs, and there was a provision that if he died, the government got the land back which it did.
There was a series of lawsuits but went on for years but finally there was justice for some.
My friend's husband had a good job in town, parents were farmers, wife worked, and he wanted so badly to get into farming and could never get ahead enough to afford the startup costs. I don't know if he ever achieved his dream, maybe when his parents died. Land was dirt cheap back then compared to now.
Great interview, Sarah, am multi-tasking.