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USDA Offers $1.3 Billion Discrimination Settlement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Obama administration on Tuesday offered $1.3 billion to settle complaints from female and Latino farmers who say they faced discrimination from the Agriculture Department. The proposal comes as Congress is poised to approve a $1.25 billion settlement with African-American...

Texas Dairy Company Settles Vermont Antitrust Lawsuit

MONTPELIER, Vt. - (AP) A national dairy processor says it is going to pay $30 million to settle a class-action lawsuit filed by dairy farmers from Vermont and other northeastern states that accused the firm of violating federal antitrust laws. The news of the settlement between Dean Foods and the farmers...

Farm Bureau Sues EPA Over Chesapeake Bay Cleanup

HARRISBURG, Pa. - (AP) Two farmers' organizations sued the federal government Monday over a Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan, challenging the legality of its pollution standards and asking a judge to keep them from being enforced or applied. The American Farm Bureau Federation and the Pennsylvania Farm...

High Court Rejects Farmer Who Tangled With Tyson

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Supreme Court on Monday turned down an appeal from a former Tennessee poultry farmer who sued Tyson Farms after losing his contract to raise their chickens. The justices did not comment in turning away Alton Terry, who said Tyson cut him off because he helped organize area...

Judge Approves USDA, Indian Farmers Settlement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) A federal judge has approved a $680 million settlement between the Agriculture Department and American Indian farmers who say they were denied loans because of discrimination. The two sides agreed on the deal last year subject to court approval. U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan...

High Court Says Modern Irrigation Techniques Do Not Violate Water Rights Pact

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on May 2 held that Wyoming farmers and ranchers are not violating a 1950s water pact with Montana by using modern sprinkler irrigation that returns less runoff water to the Yellowstone River system used by Montana's farmers and ranchers ( State...

Judge Hears From Farmers In Lawsuit Against Pilgrim's Pride

FORT WORTH, Texas - (AP) A federal judge heard more testimony Friday from farmers who allege poultry giant Pilgrim's Pride closed plants and ran them out of business to manipulate commodity chicken prices, which they say violated a Depression-era law designed to limit big meat companies' power...

Bayer To Pay $750 Million In Genetic Rice Settlement

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - (AP) German conglomerate Bayer CropScience agreed Friday to pay up to $750 million to settle several lawsuits with U.S. farmers who claimed a strain of the company's unapproved genetically modified rice contaminated the food supply and hurt their crop prices. The litigation goes...

Supreme Court Hears Patent Exhaustion, Soybean Seed Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) If allowed to stand, a 2011 Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling will threaten farmers by prioritizing "patent rights over personal property rights," something "that's never been done in 150 years,"an attorney for one such farmer told...