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Black Farmers Finally See Justice

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Yesterday (Nov 19) it was announced that the $1.15 billion awarded black farmers in the Pigford settlement that arose from decades of discriminatory practices at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has finally been approved by the Senate.

"On behalf of the staff and supporters of EWG, I would like to congratulate Dr. John Boyd, president of the National Black Farmers Association, and thank him for his tireless advocacy for those who had no voice, his tenacity in the face of setback after setback and his endless well of courage to right the crippling injustice inflicted on thousands of black farmers,” said EWG president Ken Cook.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) collaborated with NBFA on a series of landmark reports, 2007's Short Crop and 2004's Obstruction of Justice, that showed a widening subsidy gap between black farmers and other farmers due to USDA's past discriminatory practices.

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