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  • Spawn of Pigford Lives… Obama USDA Offers Women, Hispanic Farmers Over $1.3 Billion Redistribution

    09/25/2012 11:15:09 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    gateway ^ | September 25, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    More than 92,000 “black farmers” signed up for reparations from the Obama USDA after the Pigford case was extended in 2010. That’s five times the number of blacks who were actually farming during the time period in question and would possibly qualify for the reparations. ... To date, almost $1 billion has been paid or credited to the farmers under the settlement’s consent decree. Democrats want to add another $1.2 billion to the money pot and continue with the reparations. Now the Obama Administration is offering Hispanic and women farmers over $1.3 billion in discrimination payouts. ... Obama’s plan has...
  • EDITORIAL: USDA’s Pigford fraud--Obama initiative ignores corruption to redistribute wealth

    02/02/2011 5:34:36 PM PST · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 2, 2011 | Editorial
    Race hustlers are shaking down taxpayers for payoffs, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is falling for the scam. The controversy involves a discrimination claim against the USDA for allegedly denying loans because of race. A federal judge approved payments of $50,000 or more based on low levels of proof. This encouraged a mad scramble for cash based on false claims. The “Pigford Settlement,” an agreement that came out of the original 1997 lawsuit by Timothy Pigford and 400 southern black farmers, resulted from some apparently legitimate instances of discrimination. However, plaintiffs’ lawyers got involved, and the number of...
  • Rep. Steve King Says Witnesses Are Ready to Testify in Congress About Alleged Fraud in Federal...

    01/10/2011 9:42:03 AM PST · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    CNSNews ^ | January 10, 2011 | Fred Lucas
    Complete title: Rep. Steve King Says Witnesses Are Ready to Testify in Congress About Alleged Fraud in Federal Compensation Payments to Black Farmers(CNSNews.com) - Rep. Steve King (R.-Iowa), who serves on both the House Agriculture Committee and the House Judiciary Committee, says he has personally talked to two potential witnesses in recent months who are ready to come forward and speak to a congressional committee—if one decides to actually investigate the matter--about alleged fraud in discrimination-compensation payments that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has made to black farmers. One of these would-be witnesses is a black farmer who was a...
  • The Pigford Downpayment

    12/06/2010 7:25:12 AM PST · by pinstripes715 · 4 replies
    Big Government ^ | 12/06/2010 | Gary Hewson
    This past Tuesday, Nov 30th, the Democratically-controlled lame-duck House passed the $1.2 billion Black Farmer’s Settlement funding known as Pigford II. The previous week the bill had passed the Senate with assurances of strict measures to protect the taxpayers against the rampant fraud that has been widely documented from multiple sources in both the media and government. The bill passed the House 256-152, and is now headed to President Obama to sign: the man who single-handedly introduced the Pigford II legislation in 2007 to curry favor with rural black Southern voters, to which he was trailing significantly to then front-runner...
  • Obama’s Agriculture Dept. Has Hired Consulting Firm to Advise It on ‘Diversity

    11/29/2010 8:59:56 AM PST · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    CNSNews ^ | November 29, 2010 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has “taken a number of actions to make his department more sensitive to civil rights issues,” The Hill newspaper reported on Monday.Among other things, the department has hired a consulting firm to advise it on “diversity” matters, the newspaper reported.And this week, Vilsack is pressing the House of Representatives to approve a Senate bill settling discrimination claims by black farmers.As CNSNews.com reported earlier, President Obama is requesting $1.15 billion from Congress – on top of the $100 million he requested as a senator -- to settle discrimination claims by 66,000 African Americans who...
  • Obama Wants $1.25 B to Compensate up to 66,000 African American Farmers for USDA Discrimination

    10/14/2010 10:37:23 AM PDT · by Conservative Coulter Fan · 13 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | October 14, 2010 | Nicholas Ballasy
    President Barack Obama speaks at a rally in Philadelphia, Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (CNSNews.com) - President Barack Obama is requesting $1.15 billion from Congress—to add to a $100-million earmark he pushed through Congress in 2008 when he was a senator—to create a $1.25 billion federal fund to settle discrimination claims by what the Justice Department says is 66,000 African Americans who “farmed or attempted to farm” and were allegedly the victims of discrimination committed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) during the period from Jan. 1, 1981 to Dec. 31, 1996.During that 16-year period,...
  • Obama Wants $1.25 B to Compensate up to 66,000 African American Farmers for USDA Discrimination...

    10/14/2010 10:08:03 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    CNSNews ^ | October 14, 2010 | Nicholas Ballasy
    Complete title: Obama Wants $1.25 B to Compensate up to 66,000 African American Farmers for USDA Discrimination in 1981-96; Census Says African American Farmers Peaked at 33,000 in Those Years (CNSNews.com) - President Barack Obama is requesting $1.15 billion from Congress—to add to a $100-million earmark he pushed through Congress in 2008 when he was a senator—to create a $1.25 billion federal fund to settle discrimination claims by what the Justice Department says is 66,000 African Americans who “farmed or attempted to farm” and were allegedly the victims of discrimination committed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) during the period from Jan. 1, 1981 to Dec....
  • GOP Reps at Press Conference Demand Eric Holder Hold Investigation on Pigford Scandal (Videos)

    09/30/2010 7:23:25 AM PDT · by SanFranDan · 14 replies
    http://gatewaypundit.firstthings.com/ ^ | 9/30/2010 | Posted by Jim Hoft
    Don’t expect the democratic-media complex to come near this story...Conservative Representatives Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Steve King (R-IA) called on the Attorney General Eric Holder to invest the Pigford Scandal. More than 92,000 blacks have signed up for reparations from the Obama USDA after the Pigford case was extended this past year. That’s five times the number of blacks who were actually farming during the time period in question and would possibly qualify for the reparations. Pigford v. Glickman was a class action lawsuit against the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), alleging racial discrimination in its...
  • Reps. Bachmann, King allege fraud in black farmers settlement

    09/29/2010 1:06:03 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 29, 2010 | Kevin Bogardus
    House Republicans on Wednesday charged that a multibillion-dollar settlement with black farmers supported by the Obama administration was rife with fraud. At a press conference in the Capitol Visitor Center, Reps. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Steve King (R-Iowa) alleged that a $1.25 billion Agriculture Department settlement to resolve discrimination claims included individuals who were never farmers. Bachmann said the discrimination claim process was subject to "massive and widespread fraud and abuse." King also said he believes the Obama administration has ignored the fraud allegations surrounding the settlement. "I think they have turned a blind eye to the...
  • $2.2 Billion For Black Farmer Reparations

    09/15/2010 4:33:51 PM PDT · by Sad Hill · 33 replies
    Sad Hill News Blog ^ | 09.15.2010 | Sad Hill
    In 1997’s Pigford vs. Glickman case, approximately 400 African (hyphen) American farmers sued the US Department of Agriculture claiming racial discrimination from 1983-1997. When the case was settled an estimated 2,000-3,000 claims were expected to be filed with awards reaching $50,000 each. Today, nearly 92,000 black ‘farmers’ are claiming ‘Pigford’ reparations — 5 times the number of blacks who were operating farms at the time. The 2007 Agricultural Census shows a total of 39,697 ‘Black or African-American’ farm operators — keep in mind that’s 10 years after the last ‘Pigford’ year. Interesting that the National Black Farmers Association puts their...
  • Congress Delays 'Black Farmer' Settlement; Shirley Sherrod in Line for Millions

    08/04/2010 11:40:28 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies · 1+ views
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | August 4, 2010 | Carl Horowitz
       Demanding large financial settlements on behalf of black farmers has been a cottage industry for litigators in this country for more than a dozen years. It has flourished because few in Congress or in successive administrations have chosen to challenge this juggernaut. It appears now, however, that this passivity is beginning to recede. Late last month, the Senate stripped $1.25 billion from a far larger supplemental defense spending bill that would have compensated black farmers for alleged acts of racial discrimination by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) going back to the early Eighties. Following Senate passage, the House followed...
  • Black lawmakers irate over Emanuel's $1.5 billion promise to Sen. Lincoln (backroom deals go on)

    08/02/2010 11:27:55 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 12 replies · 5+ views
    The Hill ^ | 7-30-10 | Alexander Bolton
    African-American lawmakers are irate that the Obama administration has promised Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) $1.5 billion in farm aid while claiming it can’t pay a landmark legal settlement with black farmers. Six members of the Congressional Black Caucus wrote to President Obama on Thursday calling on him to find a way to compensate black farmers who suffered discrimination in government loan programs during the 1980s and 1990s. The letter was spurred by behind-the-scenes deal-making in the Senate as part of an effort to pass small-business legislation. White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel promised Lincoln, who sponsored the provision, that...
  • Black farmers still waiting for justice

    05/19/2010 11:30:18 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 24 replies · 755+ views
    CNN ^ | May 19, 2010 | Shawna Shepherd
    Mecklenburg County, Virginia (CNN) -- On his southern Virginia farm on a recent warm Saturday, John Boyd Jr. needs a dose of rain before he can plant soybeans. More than 200 miles away in Washington, Boyd has a bigger problem on his hands. President Obama has promised to help black farmers who have not received the $1.25 billion settlement owed to them after years of being denied government farm loans and support from federal programs because of the color of their skin. "This is not about us complaining, this is about the government not doing what they promised they were...
  • Lawyers, 'Black Farmers' Shake Down Taxpayers

    03/08/2010 5:49:25 PM PST · by jazusamo · 16 replies · 190+ views
    NLPC ^ | March 8, 2010 | Carl Horowitz
    Blacks account for about 1.5 percent of all farm operators in this country - and apparently a lot higher share of the civil rights lawsuits against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). On February 18, lawyers for the USDA and thousands of black farmers reached a $1.25 billion class-action agreement resolving, for now, claims that the department had engaged in willful racial discrimination in managing its loan and other aid programs.  Think you've seen this headline before? You have. Back in 1999, black farmers, armed with similar claims of racial bias, snagged a federal guarantee of $50,000 per plaintiff plus...
  • The ‘Black Farmer’ Shakedown: Round Two

    03/06/2010 4:35:54 AM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies · 891+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | March 16, 2010 | Carl Horowitz
    Blacks account for about 1.5 percent of all farm operators in this country – and apparently a lot higher share of the civil rights lawsuits against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). On February 18, lawyers for the USDA and thousands of black farmers reached a $1.25 billion class-action agreement resolving, for now, claims that the department had engaged in willful racial discrimination in managing its loan and other aid programs. Think you’ve seen this headline before? You have. Back in 1999, black farmers, armed with similar claims of racial bias, snagged a federal guarantee of $50,000 per plaintiff plus...
  • Here it comes - Obama to Give Black Farmers $1.25B in Reparations (more redistribution)

    02/21/2010 11:25:08 PM PST · by BP2 · 161 replies · 6,821+ views
    NewsMax ^ | Sunday, 21 Feb 2010 09:55 PM | Theodore Kettle
    Black farmers – possibly over 70,000 of them – will get cash payments and debt relief from the federal government totaling $1.25 billion, in reparation for alleged racial discrimination suffered under the Department of Agriculture’s loan programs, the Obama Administration has agreed. The president announced the deal on Thursday, applauding Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Attorney General Eric Holder for “bringing these long-ignored claims of African American farmers to a rightful conclusion.” The Washington Post called the settlement “part of a wider effort by Obama and senior officials to dispense with lawsuits stemming from America’s checkered civil rights legacy.”...
  • USDA reaches new settlement with black farmers

    02/18/2010 11:48:46 AM PST · by Nachum · 40 replies · 1,455+ views
    breitbart ^ | 2/18/10 | BEN EVANS
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration has reached a deal with black farmers....</p>
  • [Article dated August 28, 2002] Media Miss Black Farmer Fraud (Obama gives em another $1.25 billion

    02/18/2010 3:06:26 PM PST · by milwguy · 7 replies · 489+ views
    aim ^ | August 28, 2002 | Reed Irvine
    The news media have recently discovered a big story that has been around since January 1999, when the Washington Post reported that the government had agreed to a consent decree in a class-action lawsuit filed against the Department of Agriculture by black farmers seeking compensation for discrimination they allegedly suffered when they applied for government farm loans. When the government signed the consent decree to allow the case to go forward, it was expected that about 2,500 plaintiffs would join in the suit. By the closing date of October 1999, over 20,000 had joined, and to date 21,325 cases have...
  • Obama cheers deal - Farmers case settled

    02/18/2010 2:20:56 PM PST · by milwguy · 24 replies · 969+ views
    politico ^ | 2/18/2010 | matt negrin
    President Barack Obama on Thursday applauded a settlement reached with black farmers who claimed the Agriculture Department had unfairly denied them assistance. The department will create a $1.25 billion fund to compensate the farmers, the AP reported. The package, if approved by Congress, would go to people denied payments. “My Administration is dedicated to ensuring that federal agencies treat all our citizens fairly, and the settlement in the Pigford case reflects that commitment,” Obama said in a statement, referring to the lawsuit. “I applaud Secretary Vilsack for his efforts to modernize operations at the USDA, as well as the work...
  • Black Farmers Rally For Discrimination Settlement

    02/15/2010 7:22:07 AM PST · by Rebelbase · 22 replies · 730+ views
    NPR ^ | February 15, 2010 | Julie Rose
    After rallying across the South last week, black farmers plan to be in Washington, D.C., on Monday to call on the government to “pay up” on its more than 10-year-old promise to compensate for discrimination. Despite the conditions of the 1999 civil rights settlement, more than 70,000 black farmers have yet to see a penny. ‘A Dying Breed’ Vern Switzer is 63 years old, but he still single-handedly farms 19 acres of land along a busy country road just outside Winston Salem, N.C. He is one of only about 30,000 black farmers in America today. These farmers are mostly in...
  • President Obama pushes to close black farmers' lawsuit (for $1.25 billion)

    05/15/2009 7:38:01 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 19 replies · 1,823+ views
    St. Louis American ^ | May 11, 2009
    WASHINGTON (NNPA) - President Obama has announced plans to include $1.250 billion in settlement funds in the 2010 budget to bring closure to the long-standing Black farmers’ lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the White House has announced. “This is an issue I worked on in the Senate, and I’m pleased that we are now able to close this chapter in the agency’s history and move on,” the President said in a release. “My hope is that the farmers and their families who were denied access to USDA loans and programs will be made whole and will have the...
  • Promises, Promises: Obama and Black Farmers

    04/21/2009 5:03:31 AM PDT · by Abathar · 12 replies · 721+ views
    Foxnews - AP ^ | 04/21/09 | unknown
    WASHINGTON -- As a senator, Barack Obama led the charge last year to pass a bill allowing black farmers to seek new discrimination claims against the Agriculture Department. Now he is president, and his administration so far is acting like it wants the potentially budget-busting lawsuits to go away. The change isn't sitting well with black farmers who thought they'd get a friendlier reception from Obama after years of resistance from President George W. Bush. "You can't blame it on the Bush administration anymore," said John Boyd, head of the National Black Farmers Association, which has organized the lawsuits. "I...
  • Obama Backs Off Support for Black Farmers Suing USDA for Discrimination

    04/21/2009 8:58:33 AM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies · 622+ views
    ABC ^ | 4/21/09 | AP
    WASHINGTON -- As a senator, Barack Obama led the charge last year to pass a bill allowing black farmers to seek new discrimination claims against the Agriculture Department. Now he is president, and his administration so far is acting like it wants the potentially budget-busting lawsuits to go away. The change isn't sitting well with black farmers who thought they'd get a friendlier reception from Obama after years of resistance from President George W. Bush.
  • Head of Black Farmers’ Group Is Potential Pick for Agriculture Secretary

    11/18/2008 1:57:15 PM PST · by chambley1 · 27 replies · 914+ views
    Congressional Quarterly ^ | 11/19/08 | Aliya Sternstein
    John Boyd, president of the National Black Farmers Association, is among those being vetted for Agriculture secretary in the Obama Cabinet, an individual with knowledge of the transition process said Thursday. Congressional Black Caucus members are backing Boyd in an attempt to reverse the department’s track record on civil rights, which government investigators and outside watchdogs have described as abysmal, aides said. The fourth-generation farmer and civil rights activist would be a surprise choice given the leadership pedigrees of other possible nominees, such as former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack. But the pick would help fulfill President-elect Barack Obama ’s pledge...
  • Senate votes to reopen black farmers' lawsuits

    12/17/2007 6:58:06 PM PST · by TornadoAlley3 · 6 replies · 288+ views
    examiner.com ^ | 12/17/07 | BEN EVANS
    WASHINGTON (Map, News) - The farm bill approved by the Senate last week moved Congress a step closer to reopening a landmark discrimination case against the Agriculture Department. Like its companion bill in the House, the Senate measure would give thousands of black farmers another chance at seeking compensation over claims that they were denied loans or other crop subsidies because of their race. Critics have charged that farmers had plenty of time to win claims under the original settlement that USDA agreed to in 1999. Reopening the matter now could cost several billion dollars and reward questionable claimants who...
  • Allen endorsed by National Black Farmers Association

    10/19/2006 2:59:36 PM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 7 replies · 435+ views
    National Black Farmers Association Endorses Allen RICHMOND, VA – Senator George Allen was endorsed by the National Black Farmers Association (NFBA) this morning for his work on behalf of African American farmers and other farmers in the Senate. “We appreciate Senator Allen's help in supporting black farmers,” said the NBFA President John Boyd, Jr. “There were 98 other Senators who had the opportunity to help but it was Senator Allen who came to the assistance of 72,000 black farmers across the nation. And we look forward to helping Senator Allen in his bid for reelection.” Senator Allen has been working...
  • GOP Rep. Chabot a "Useful Idiot" (my title)

    09/20/2006 9:33:01 AM PDT · by JTR1888 · 6 replies · 934+ views
    Middle American News ^ | August 2006 | Elizabeth Howard
    . . . Useful Idiot. In 1999, the Clinton Administration settled a “black farmer” lawsuit against the government by agreeing to a demonstrably corrupt settlement that has since cost taxpayers well over $1 billion for claims that were virtually all phony. (Harvest of Lies, a book detailing this fiasco, is available from Representative Government Press, see page 23.) That was not sufficient for Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH), who has held a series of shamelessly slanted hearings over the past two years to promote the idea that the government should pay out another $4 billion for over 70,000 mostly phony new...
  • Scott{D)Va seeks probe of payouts/ Fears some legit. claims of black farmers denied under decree

    12/07/2003 5:34:27 AM PST · by putupon · 5 replies · 274+ views
    Richmond Times Dispatch ^ | Dec 7, 2003 | MICHAEL MARTZ
    <p>A Virginia congressman is calling for an investigation of payouts under the 4-year-old consent decree that was supposed to compensate black farmers for discrimination by the federal government's farm loan programs.</p> <p>Third District Rep. Robert C. Scott, a Democrat, told a group of black farmers from around the country meeting in Richmond yesterday that he was concerned that people with legitimate claims of discrimination have been denied payment or stalled under the decree.</p>
  • Castro, NAACP discuss trade links with black U.S. farmers

    11/13/2002 9:10:25 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies · 227+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 11-13-02 | ANITA SNOW
    <p>HAVANA (AP) -- Cuban leader Fidel Castro "seemed very interested" in creating trade links with thousands of black American farmers under a U.S. law allowing some agricultural transactions with the island, the NAACP's leader said Wednesday.</p> <p>Kweisi Mfume and other members of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People delegation discussed the issue with Castro during a four-hour meeting Tuesday. The delegation includes John Boyd, president of the National Association of Black Farmers, representing more than 12,000 growers in 38 states.</p>
  • Zimbabwe farmer comes under fire, horse burnt alive

    09/12/2002 3:35:00 AM PDT · by Clive · 6 replies · 322+ views
    SAPA-DPA via SABC News (SA) ^ | September 12, 2002
    home/africa/southern africa President Robert Mugabe's militias in northern Zimbabwe stepped up their attempts to drive a white farmer off his land yesterday, opening fire on the family for the second day in a row, neighbours said. A horse was also trapped alive in its stable on a farm in the Karoi district 200 km north of Harare and appeared to have been burnt alive deliberately, they said. The animal suffered 90 degree burns and had to be destroyed. Earlier in the afternoon, farmer Ian Cochrane (43), and his wife, Jo, fled when they were confronted by a mob of about...
  • Protesters Take Over USDA Office in Tennessee - Black Farmers Say Promised Loans Were Mishandled

    07/02/2002 8:06:48 AM PDT · by gubamyster · 4 replies · 272+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | July 2, 2002 | Darryl Fears
    By Darryl Fears Washington Post Staff Writer Tuesday, July 2, 2002; Page A03 Three hundred black farmers took over a U.S. Department of Agriculture regional office in Brownsville, Tenn., yesterday to protest what organizers called the agency's failure to process loan applications from growers who were counting on the money to plant this year's crops. "These farmers are still waiting for word to see if they can get money," said Tom Burrell, a board member of the Tennessee chapter of the Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association, one of several groups that organized the protest. "But now, for all intents and...