Tennessee farmers tell Sara Carter: COVID relief bill ‘promotes division’ within the farming community

Sara Carter spoke with Tennessee farmers who will not receive any government assistance from the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package based on its race criteria.

In a “Hannity” exclusive on Monday, farmers blamed President Joe Biden for “promoting division” within the recently enacted COVID relief bill.

The COVID relief bill will be providing minority farmers with special benefits. According to Carter, half of the $10.4 billion package dedicated to American farmers will only be going towards minority farmers.

“I’m sorry, but I was raised to not see color and not to see race, but to see the character and the person’s heart,” Tennessee farmer Kelly Griggs told Carter. “That’s how I was raised, that’s how the farming community sees each other.”

“The government has basically said ‘OK, this is what we are doing, whether you like it or not.’ Because farmers throughout the years, that’s what we’ve had to take. They’ve made policies for us without even stepping foot on our farm,” Griggs said.

According to the American Farm Bureau Federation, the relief package includes an estimated $4 billion to pay up to 120% of Black, Hispanic, Asian or Native American farmers’ outstanding debt as of Jan. 1.

According to USDA data, fewer than 2% of farms were run by black farmers in 2017.

“If you go into a bank, if you go into any place that loans you money, they’re not going to look at who you are by color or race, they’re going to look at your numbers on a piece of paper. If you don”t meet that criteria, if you don’t meet that rule, you don’t get that money, you don’t get the loan,” Kelly Griggs said.

“I think this bill… not only promotes division in the farming community, but just in people in general,” Kelly’s husband Matt Griggs added.

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