Black farmers marched on Washington on September 23, to demand payment from the government for discrimination black farmers have suffered through systematic practices at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The settlement has been approved by the Obama Administration and the farmers, and funding passed the House. The Senate has tried and failed 8 times to take up the bill. Senate leadership has indicated that the only way Black farmers will receive funding is by unanimous consent, coupled with the Cobell settlement. Cobell deals with mismanagement of Native American trust accounts by the U.S. Department of the Interior, while the Black famers’ settlement seeks to give Black farmers and Blacks who attempted to farm the opportunity to have their claims of discrimination by the USDA determined on their merits.
• Greg Behr (919) 272-5621, Billy Warden (919) 412-0630
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