TO MOVE AT 3AM WEDNESDAY MARCH 28, 2012 — In a Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012 photo, lawyer Rose Sanders, right, helps a family fill out a claim application related to a settlement in a lawsuit between black farmers and the Agriculture Department in Memphis, Tenn. Black farmers had sued the department, claiming discrimination in USDA loan application from 1981 to 1996. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — When Roy James needed money to buy equipment and dig an irrigation well for his father’s Mississippi farm, he applied for a loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture — but was turned down.
The USDA said it denied the application filed in 1995 because James had inadequate education and didn’t have farming experience — even though he had a college degree and had worked for years on the farm that grows soybean, wheat and cotton.
“I couldn’t understand why they turned me down,” James said. “It was confusing.”
He became more frustrated when he found out he missed a deadline to take part in a settlement reached by black farmers with the USDA over discrimination claims. The 1999 settlement of the Pigford v. Glickman lawsuit provided about $1 billion to 15,000 farmers who say the agency unfairly turned them down for loans because of their race between 1981 and 1996.
James said he missed the deadline because he did not find out in time, but he still filed a late claim. Thousands of other black farmers did the same — a move that may result in a payout, after all.
Read More on this fraud costing trillions of dollars to people who NEVER EVER even set foot on a farm! : http://cnsnews.com/news/article/thousands-black-farmers-file-claims-usda-discrimination-settlement