Lawsuit Alleges USDA is Illegally Funneling Family Farm Loans to Industrial Chicken Producers

Concerned Citizens of West Tennessee filed suit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture, alleging that Farm Service Agency (FSA) loans intended for “family farms” should not have been granted to “industrial scale chicken operations without thoroughly analyzing their environmental impacts as required by law.” Plaintiffs claim the FSA-funded chicken farms are “affiliated with and controlled by Tyson” and do not qualify as “family farms” as defined by the FSA regulations. The complaint further alleges that FSA did not conduct the necessary environmental analysis for the loans as required by the National Environmental Policy Act.