Black Farmers Seek to Inform

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A national group of black farmers made a stop in Hattiesburg Saturday to inform landowners or their heirs about a lawsuit they say thousands were left out of.

A recent report accuses the U.S.D.A. of blocking nearly 64,000 African-American farmers from settlements from a 1999 racial discrimination case. Under the lawsuit, 22,000 black farmers across the U.S. won settlements of $50,000 each.

The farmers say the U.S.D.A. discriminated against black loan applicants. At the Lake Terrace Convention Center Sunday, the head of the Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association said many more African-American farmers in Mississippi deserve part of that settlement.

Most black farmers in the U.S. live in Mississippi and Alabama.