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Federal judge halts USDA program that bans white farmers saying lawsuit against it could be successful

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A federal judge on Thursday halted the USDA loan forgiveness program exclusive to farmers of color, saying that a group of white farmers who have sued for discrimination over being banned from the government program have a good chance of winning.

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NBC News reported that Judge William Griesbach of Wisconsin's Eastern District, issued an order placing the program on a temporary hold, wherein he wrote that the white farmers "are likely to succeed on the merits of their claim" that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's "use of race-based criteria in the administration of the program violates their right to equal protection under the law."

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