February 19, 2010

Settlement With Black Farmers Will Create USDA Ombuds

Black farmers and the U.S. government have settled a long-standing class action suit alleging racial discrimination in the Department of Agriculture farm loan program. In addition to a payment of $1.25 billion to African American farmers, the USDA will also establish an Ombuds office to improve dispute resolution efforts. Details regarding the planned Ombuds program are not yet available. (USDA News.)

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