A Beltrami County farmer is suing Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen. Lance Nistler claims the state’s grant program for emerging farmers violated his civil rights. The MDA website says the grant program is for farmers who are “American Indian or Alaskan Natives, Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, Pacific Islander, members of a community of color, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ or any other emerging farmers as determined by the commissioner of agriculture.” The lawsuit contends the program discriminates against white farmers.
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