U.S. Judge Approves Settlement For Black Farmers

Source: JoAnne Allen and Jackie Frank / Reuters

WASHINGTON Oct – A federal judge on Thursday approved a $1.25 billion settlement in a decades-old discrimination case by black farmers, clearing the way for them to seek compensation from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for being left out of farm aid programs.

The decision helps tens of thousands of farmers who had been denied part of an earlier 1999 settlement because they missed the filing deadline.

U.S. District Court Judge Paul Friedman wrote in an order approving the agreement that Congress by waiving the statute of limitations has further redressed “the historic discrimination against African-American farmers.” He called the settlement “fair, reasonable, and adequate.”

National Black Farmers Association president said it was “a very important step that should provide assurance to the black farmers that each of their cases will now move towards a resolution.”

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