Farmers sue USDA for lending discrimination

July 08, 1998
A group of 129 black farmers filed a $500 million lawsuit against the Agriculture Department over complaints of discrimination in denial of farm loans and other benefits.
      The lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court is intended to protect farmers who came forward with complaints after Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman's admission on February 21, 1997, that there was past discrimination.
      An earlier $2 billion lawsuit filed by 400 black farmers covered only those who had brought complaints prior to that date. Lawyers for the second group say they have been virtually ignored by the Agriculture Department.