SOURCE ] It could be at least a year before
black farmers get any payments from the $1.2
billion fund set up to settle decades of
discrimination claims against federal agriculture
"There will be a deadline for claims, but it has not
yet been set," said Andrew Marks, a lead counsel for
the farmers. "It's highly unlikely that anyone will get
any money until some time in 2012."
President Barack Obama signed
legislation setting up a fund to pay thousands of
black farmers who say they were denied loans and
other assistance for years by federal agriculture
officials because of their race.
This marks the second round of payments for black
farmers. Thousands of farmers received payments as
part of a 1999 class-action settlement in what is
known as the Pigford I case. The fund created by the
new law would pay others who missed that filing
Before any money is paid out, the settlement must be
approved by a court, an arbitration system must be
set up to review claims, and notices must be sent to
thousands of farmers.