April 22, 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in Horne v. Department of Agriculture over a government program that requires California raisin farmers to turn over a portion of their crop. The Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937 (AMAA) and the California Raisin Marketing Order ...[read more]
October 28, 2011
by Jaimie Cremeans
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia gave final approval Thursday to a $1.25 billion settlement for black farmers who were discriminated against by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) in disbursement loans and other forms of relief. This is the second round of ...[read more]
October 21, 2010
by Erin Bock
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday announced a settlement in a class action discrimination lawsuit filed against the USDA in 1999 by Native American farmers. Under the agreement, the USDA will distribute $680 million to all eligible class ...[read more]
September 7, 2010
by Jay Carmella
Founder and president of the National Black Farmers Association (NBFA) James Boyd, Jr. called Tuesday for the US Senate to fund a settlement in a discrimination case involving minority farmers. The request comes a month after the Senate failed to approve over a billion dollars for a settlement ...[read more]
February 19, 2010
by Jonathan Cohen
The US Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Justice (DOJ) on Thursday announced a $1.25 billion settlement for African American farmers claiming they suffered racial discrimination in USDA loan programs. The settlement arises from the Pigford Case, a class-action suit that was re-opened with the ...[read more]
August 1, 2008
by Abigail Salisbury
A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Friday reversed a lower court's grant of summary judgment against Cheryl Steele, a former economist at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) who had filed a lawsuit alleging a hostile work environment and unlawful ...[read more]
June 4, 2008
by Kiely Lewandowski
The Virginia-based National Black Farmers Association (NBFA) brought a class action lawsuit against the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Monday, alleging on behalf of over 800 black farmers that the USDA improperly discriminated against them in its allocation of resources. The new Farm Bill ...[read more]
May 22, 2008
by Patrick Porter
An attempt by the US House of Representatives to override a presidential veto of the new Farm Bill delayed late Wednesday when it was found that a section of the bill had been inadvertently left out of the version originally sent to President George W. Bush for signature. Bill supporters said ...[read more]
May 21, 2008
by Patrick Porter
The future of a landmark discrimination case brought by black farmers against the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is uncertain after President George W. Bush vetoed the new Farm Bill Wednesday. The bill included a provision that would have reopened the class-action suit in which plaintiffs ...[read more]
January 30, 2008
by James M Yoch Jr
The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit on Tuesday reversed a controversial trial court judgment in favor of a plaintiff class of cattle ranchers claiming that defendant meat-packing companies underpaid them based on erroneous price data provided by the US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA). The ...[read more]

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