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Black Farmers’ Settlement Could be Wrapping up

JACKSON, Miss.–A settlement filed against the Department of Agriculture by black farmers could be coming to an end soon.

“It’s in the hands of the District Court in Washington,” said Congressman Bennie Thompson on Tuesday in Jackson.

The lawsuit stated that the black farmers were discriminated against while applying for loans and assistance from the DOA.

The question now, is when will the payments start going out?

“I think that will happen by the end of the month but it’s still subject to the court’s approval,” said Thompson.

That most any one farmer could get is $62,500 according to Gannett.

Most of the claims will go out to black farmers in Mississippi and Alabama.


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