What Was the Decision in the Black Farmers' Case Against the USDA?

What Was the Decision in the Black Farmers' Case Against the USDA?

As of February 2010, the U.S. Department of Agriculture agreed to pay the plaintiffs in the Pigford II case 1.25 billion dollars. The plaintiffs were a group of African-American farmers alleging discrimination in farm loans, says the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency.

Approximately 80,000 eligible African-American farmers were late in filing to join the suit, but over 17,000 of these farmers got a $12,500 lump sum from the IRS to pay taxes related to the action, as well as $50,000 in compensation, states The Huffington Post. The deadline to file in this case was May 11, 2112, and case adjudications were held on July 19, 2013.