Socially Disadvantaged Applicant Law and Legal Definition

According to 7 CFR 761.2 [Title 7 – Agriculture, Subtitle B - Regulations of the Department of Agriculture, Chapter VII - Farm Service Agency, Department of Agriculture, Subchapter D - Special Programs, Part 761 - General Program Administration, Subpart A - General Provisions], socially disadvantaged applicant is “an applicant who is a member of a socially disadvantaged group. For entity applicants, the majority interest must be held by socially disadvantaged individuals. For married couples, the socially disadvantaged individual must have at least 50 percent ownership in the farm business and make most of the management decisions, contribute a significant amount of labor, and generally be recognized as the operator of the farm.”