Black farmers rally in SC for $1.15B settlement

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - About 200 black farmers from across South Carolina gathered in an effort to make sure a $1.15 billion discrimination settlement stays in the federal budget.

Friday's meeting was 1 of 7 being held across the South before the group gathers for a national rally on Monday in Washington.

The settlement is for claims from farmers who say they were denied loans or crop subsidies from the U.S. Department of Agriculture because of their race.

The case was settled in 1999 and 14,000 black farmers received checks for $50,000. But the National Black Farmers Association says about 80,000 farmers missed a filing deadline for those claims and were left out of the original settlement.

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