Minority Farmers Want President Trump To Accept Court Ruling On Lawsuit Against USDA

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - Memphis' Black Farmers and Agriculturists Association are calling a court ruling last week 'monumental' in their effort to get compensation for the families of thousands of minority farmers nationwide.

They now want President Donald Trump to accept the ruling, and avoid further court delays.

Leaders with the BFAA said the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled last week in favor of 15,000 minority farmers and their families against the USDA.

Attorneys for the farmers contend the USDA discriminated against minority farmers for loans in the 1980's and 1990's, and they are looking to collect on $1.8 billion in claims already set aside by congress. A Mason, Tennessee, farmer spearheaded the latest lawsuits.

BFAA leaders expect that a final ruling and amount of individual settlements won't be ruled on by a judge for several months.


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