Resource: The Pigford Cases: USDA Settlement of Discrimination Suits by Black Farmers

By: Tadlock Cowan and Jody Feder

May 29, 2013

Congressional Research Service

This report highlights some of the events that led up to the original Pigford class action suit and the subsequent Pigford II settlement. The report also outlines the structure of both the original consent decree in Pigford and the settlement agreement in Pigford II. In addition, the report discusses the number of claims reviewed, denied, and awarded under Pigford, as well as some of the issues raised by various parties under both lawsuits. It will be updated periodically.