GAO: USDA discriminates against minority, new, and military farmers
I love Government Accountability Office (GAO) reports. Some member of Congress requests them and GAO resaearchers then get to work.
I particularly like the way GAO understates what its reports are about.
Try this, for example: Oversight of Future Supplemental Assistance to Farmers Could Be Improved
This program gave $23 billion to farmers during the pandemic.
Of this, 95% went to “nonspecialty crops” (translation: feed for animals and fuel for cars, aka Big Ag).
And hardly any of the money went to minority, new, or military farmers.
- Collectively, socially disadvantaged, military, and beginning farmers got a combined $818 million across the two years,—3.6%
- Socially disadvantaged farmers got $435.7 million—1.9% (they comprise 6.7% of farmers)
- Beginning farmers got $152.1 million—0.7% (they comprise 27% of farmers).
- Military veterans got $240.5 million—1% (they comprise 11% of farmers).
Comment: The USDA has a long history of discrimination against these groups. It needs to make up for that.