A $1.15 Billion Settlement Reached for Black Farmers

November 20, 2010  |  

(Richmond Times Dispatch) — The U.S. Senate, after the 10th try, approved nearly $1.15 billion yesterday for the National Black Farmers Association to settle long-standing claims of discrimination in federal farm lending programs.  “It’s been a very, very long fight,” said John W. Boyd Jr., president of the association and a cattle and grain farmer from Mecklenburg County.  The money has been held up in the Senate since February as Democrats and Republicans fought over how to pay for it.

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