Black Farmers Settlement

WASHINGTON — A federal judge has given final approval to a $1.2 billion government settlement with black farmers who claim they were unfairly denied loans and other assistance from the Agriculture Department over many years. Federal judge Paul Friedman approved the settlement late Thursday. He said it will likely take about a year for neutral […]

WASHINGTON — It could be at least a year before black farmers get any payments from the $1.2 billion fund set up to settle decades of discrimination claims against federal agriculture officials.

President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed legislation that allocates $4.6 billion to settle discrimination claims made by black farmers and allegations that the government cheated American Indians out of land-use royalties.

WASHINGTON– Decades-old claims from African American farmers and native Americans that the government mistreated and swindled them out of billions of dollars can finally be settled starting Wednesday.

Washington– More than a decade ago, a federal judge ordered the government to compensate farmers for discrimination and thousands were. But it wasn’t until February that the Obama administration announced a settlement with seventy thousand more farmers. It was up to Congress to dole out more than a billion dollars in damages. After missing multiple […]

The head of the National Black Farmers Association blasted plans to award $1.5 billion in federal subsidies to farmers affected by last fall’s heavy rains — while African-American farmers have yet to receive the $1.25 billion the federal government owes them from the settlement of a class action discrimination lawsuit.