March 14, 2014
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency is making special loans available to what they're calling socially disadvantaged people that are set aside by gender or ethnic group.
The agency says it never has enough loan money to cover every farmer.
So they are setting aside this money to eliminate discrimination based on these factors.
Jeff Jones, FSA farm loan manager, says, "To make sure that funds are available. We're not funded fully for all the requests that we have every year, so it targets funds towards those areas so that money can be available."
The agency is including women, African-Americans, American Indians, Hispanics and Asian-Americans in the group.