Obama Proposes $1.25 Billion for Black Farmers in Settlement

Group leader says more money is needed

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Black farmers rallied in Washington D.C. last week to receive payment from USDA discrimination settlement. (Source: Washington State House Republicans)

President Barack Obama has allotted $1.25 billion in the FY 2010 budget to settle discrimination lawsuits by thousands of black farmers against the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“This is an issue I worked on in the Senate, and I’m pleased that we are now able to close this chapter in the agency’s history and move on,” Obama said in a statement Wednesday. “My hope is that the farmers and their families who were denied access to USDA loans and programs will be made whole and will have the chance to rebuild their lives and their businesses.”

Although he calls the settlement a “huge step in the right direction,” National Black Farmers Association President John Boyd said that more money is needed.

“We need around $2.7 billion to compensate all of the eligible farmers,” said Boyd. “We are appreciative that the administration is in dialogue with us, but as the advocate for [black farmers] I want to make sure there are enough funds to compensate all eligible farmers.”

The black farmers’ case named after one of the original plaintiffs, Timothy Pigford, a black farmer from North Carolina, was settled in 1999. The USDA agreed to pay farmers for past discrimination in lending and other USDA programs. Nearly $1 billion in damages were paid out on almost 16,000 claims, but nearly 75,000 additional black farmers filed their claims after the deadline.

Boyd says that the USDA did not effectively notify the farmers that there was a settlement, or where farmers could file their complaints. He said that farmers who didn’t have telephones or indoor bathrooms were told to go online for more information about the settlement.

“The USDA was supposed to provide that information and they didn’t. We got the word out ourselves on very limited funds,” says Boyd. “There was no ad campaign.”
As a senator, Obama led the charge to pass the 2008 farm bill allowing the government to reopen the case to farmers who missed the deadline.

Earlier this week, Sens. Charles Grassley, (R-Iowa), and Kay Hagan, (D-N.C.), introduced legislation that would allow access to an unlimited judgment fund at the Department of Treasury to pay successful claims that were not part of the original lawsuit. With the additional claims, some estimate the case could cost the government another $2 billion or $3 billion.



47 Responses to Obama Proposes $1.25 Billion for Black Farmers in Settlement

  1. Please send me information my grandfather is one of these people and we want to know more.

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  3. Herbert Eley says:

    how do i get in touch with these people for information on how to get forms and such.

  4. Rhuddene Jamison says:

    I am looking for information about the black farmers settlement. The is because my perants were farmers all their life. And I also worked the farm. So are my parents or myself is elgible to film a settlement claim?

  5. Deborah Sandlin says:

    I am looking for information reference to the black farmers settlement. My parents were migrant workers as well as myself and entire family. Are we elgible for a part of the settlement claim?

  6. Sandra Thomas says:

    My family are looking for information about Black Farmers settlement. our parents are from Ward and York Alabama they were farmers all their lives. Are we eligible for a part of the settlement claim?
    How can I get in touch with someone.

  7. jeremy says:

    My great grandparents were black farmers and our family still hasn’t received relief. What going on? Its 2010 and we still have nothing

  8. blago says:

    Nice work.As the next step, I propose let Abramoff  go and lead Treasury. Oh, never mind Obama has already a tax cheat working there.

  9. blago says:

    I am an immigrant from a different country. I wish immigrants were allowed to become presidents.I would LIKE to get billions from MY president.

  10. I been trying to see if you received my application because I have not heard anything my father and mother farm most of there live my father has past on but mother is still alive for now she might not be here much longer. So I want to get a application for her . Thanks

  11. onyango bashir-muhammad says:

    I AM IN THE NEED OF GETTING THE INFO. ON WHERE CAN i GET AN APPLICATION TO FILE ?

  12. Milton Parker says:

    Please send me information about how to apply . My aunt is sole heir of my grandfather’s farm and we need this information.

  13. Lamont Warren says:

    I am also inquiring about an application for the Black Farmers Settlement, my Grand parents, parents, family and myself all were avid farm workers, we worked in the agriculture industry all are lives, so yes please get back with me in regards to the settlement so that i may resond in time. by the way this great, Thank You.

  14. ann says:

    when’s the relief coming. seems like we’ve waited long enough. hope you guys aren’t trying to wait for everyone to die.

  15. my sisters and myself have filled out forms for the second time and we have not heard or received anything as of yet. Our father has passed on but our mother is still here,at 98yrs. old, DON’T YOU ALL THINK SHE SHOULD SEE SOMETHING FROM ALL OF HER HARD LABOR ,IN THE HOT SUN ,PICKING AND CHOPPING COTTON MOST OF HER LIFE. THEN SHE HAD TO WATCH US GO THROUGH WHAT SHE WENT THROUGH. IF YOU HAVE MONEY FOR US AND OTHER PEOPLE YOU NEED TO SEND IT.

  16. I FILEED OUT A FORM AND NEVER DID HEAR OR RECEIVED ANYTHING MY PARENTS WERE FARMERS AND PICKED COTTON MY FATHER PASSED ON AND NEVER GOT NOTHING FOR ALL THE HARD WORK HE DONE MY GRANDPARENTS AND GREATPARENTS WERE FARMERS AND JUST WORK HARD FOR US UNTIL THEY PASSED ON .I SIT AND LISTEN TO MY MOM SAY HOW SHE PICKED COTTON SUN UP UNTIL SUN DOWN I THINK WE DESERVE ASETTLEMENT FOR ALLTHE HARD WORK WE DONE.

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  18. Millie Carter says:

    More people need to be aware of this class action law suit…..give us the proper info needed to qualify

  19. Lee Pounds says:

    My father (deceased) was a farmer in St. Helena Parish (Louisiana). I would like to know how to submit a claim form or website to submit a claim form

  20. Doris says:

    My father was a farmer all his life. How do I get in touch with someone to get a form/application to participate in the black farmer settlement?

  21. jerry says:

    What a joke,I would like to see how much fraud there will be, this is not for people that worked on a farm.I work all my life on a farm does that mean i get money, and obama will support this.dam what a surprise,.black people are always looking for something free, cry cry cry
    don’t you get enough free crap..

    • jerry says:

      I need to retract my statement,I just done more research,and I think the people that was discriminated should get something for not getting loans or other help.as long as other people got loans.I still don’t think it’s for people that just worked on a farm.I had a life of it.I know the hard work it is. I just see fraud everytime something like this is done.
      as long as the right people get the money, forgive me, sometimes i speak out of anger and don’t think.I just see so much crap that should not be. have a good day

  22. wade says:

    We weren’t just farmers we were sharecroppers. My beef is patriachs like my father farming with one arm and deprived because people that never set foot on a farm received this. money without any type of investigation or anything. Do some paperwork make them return or pay the money back so the real pioneers may receive their just due

  23. verma bennett says:

    I would like to know how to know how to apply and can i get forms here in Sontag Mississippi is there a contact person here

  24. earl ballard says:

    i am trying to find out how can i get an application

  25. Diana P. White says:

    I would like to know how to apply. I was not only a farmer but a sharecropper.

  26. willie l. pompey and lelia henry pompey says:

    I want some information on the black farmer settlement , because my father was a black farmer.

  27. ELIZABETH MARSHALL says:

    I tried to get information from the first of the settlement they told me it was close and it will never be open again. Now it is open again and i call the number and the lady i talk to seem as if she was didn’t want to give out information or help. My father work farming all his life and i think we are intitle to something.

  28. cynthia davison says:

    Can you please send me an application for the black farmers settlement. Thanks

  29. Emma Davis says:

    I would like for you to tell me how i get a application

  30. MARILYN FINCH says:

    TO WHOM THIS MAY CONCERN I SENT IN MY LATE CLAIM AFFIDAVIT I WOULD LIKE TO ASK THAT U CONSIDER THIS MATTER PLEASE INCLUDE ME AND MY FAMILY IN THIS SETTLEMENT.SEND ME ALL THE INFORMATION,PAPERWORK ETC.NECCESSARY TO COMPLETE THIS SETTLEMENT.THANKS AND HAVE A BLESSED DAY!! MAILING ADDRESS P.O.BOX 147 EUTAW,AL35462/42RAINTREE DRIVE HWY43SOUTH M&MPLACE DRIVE EUTAW,AL35462 HOME PHONE (205)372-9652/(205)496-4701CELL PHONE

  31. MARILYN FINCH says:

    I WOULD LIKE TO REQUEST 3 APPLICATIONS

  32. Theresa Eskridge says:

    I would like a application on the behalf of my parents who were farmers.

  33. Dean Wilson says:

    I would like a application for the Black farmers sharecroppers settlement,
    I work alone with my farther and the rest of my family for 19 years
    sharecropping, until I join the army.

  34. beatrice harris jackson says:

    i would like to get a application for the black farmers sharecroppers settlement . you can reach me @ 334-872-4894 or u can email, my home address or 777 co rd 214 selma, alabama 36701

  35. Willie H Joy says:

    I would like to have an application for the black farmers settlement. My father has farmed all his life. We owned approximately 115 acres. My wife and I now own the property. Please email me the information to the above email address.

  36. Warren Mason says:

    I WOULD LIKE TO REQUEST 3 APPLICATIONS

  37. Mr. James E.McCants says:

    There are a lot of black farmer in the town of Atmore, Alabama, who did not know about the black farmers case until it was too late to file, a few received money and did not tell others, until it was too late. I would like more information about this case, because I heard on the Tome Joyner show,it is being reopen by President Obama. Do you know who is representing the black farmers in this new case. Your apprication in this matter would greatly appricated. My phone number: cell 251-428-0329
    Email address: mac 29@frontiernet.net.

    A Concerned Citizen of Atmore, Ala

    Mr. James E. McCants

  38. byron jordan sr. says:

    this is important,and fair for all black farmers to be able to get information to benifit from this seattlement. please sent application information,or who,what,when,and where an application can be recieved p[lease email me this to byronjordan75@yahoo.com,or 504-270-2415

  39. eddie travis says:

    I NEED APPLICATION

  40. carolyn causey says:

    will you send my father a application his name is tommy lee causey and my unclt tommie lee goshey my number is 1773 824 8899

  41. jerry says:

    How do I recieve an application
    my cell is864-357-8804

  42. ronald k. cail says:

    i need an application on the settlement claim my father was a farmer in georgia for over 50yrs and we were always struggling he has past away in 98 and im just finishing paying bills out in his name after 12 yrs after his death please help my family out thanks

  43. ronald k. cail says:

    i need an application on the settlement claim my father was a farmer in georgia for over 50yrs and we were always struggling he has past away in 98 and im just finishing paying bills out in his name after 12 yrs after his death please help my family out thanks

    my number is c- 912 531-3974 h- 912 863-6331

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