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Black Farmers Settlement informational meeting

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

More than 200 people, armed with questions, packed a conference room at the Marriott in downtown Jackson.

They were looking for help filling out claims forms to participate in the Black Farmers Settlement.

Late last October, a federal judge approved a $1.2 billion settlement to compensate thousands of black farmers who had been discriminated against by the USDA during the 1980's and 1990's.

"Today's an opportunity to sit down with a lawyer, to go over with a lawyer, the allegations of discrimination and the particulars about your farm and then; if in fact, you're found to qualify and have been discriminated against, you potentially could get up to $50,000," said Greg Francis, Lead council in Black Farmers Settlement.

Francis warns against advertisements offering this help for a fee, because there is no cost involved.

This is the largest civil rights discrimination settlement in U.S. history.

The deadline to file is May 11.

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