Attorney: Minnesota farmer got wait listed for grant because he is a white male

Image by Pacific Legal Foundation
Image by Pacific Legal Foundation

(Fargo, ND) -- An attorney representing white Minnesota farmer Lance Nistler is talking about why Nistler is suing the state, after Nistler was turned down for a farm loan.  

"The program prioritized what's called an 'emerging farmer' which is defined as a farmer who is among other things a racial minority or a female farmer. So because Mr. Nistler is a white male, he got wait listed," said Andrew Quinio with the Pacific Legal Foundation.

The attorney says Nistler applied for a $15,000 state grant to go toward purchasing his first farm.  

Quinio says he and his client hope to have their case resolved by the end of the summer.

Quinio appeared on WDAY Mid Day on AM 970.