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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Statement by the President on the Settlement in the Black Farmers Lawsuit against USDA

“My Administration is dedicated to ensuring that federal agencies treat all our citizens fairly, and the settlement in the Pigford case reflects that commitment.  I applaud Secretary Vilsack for his efforts to modernize operations at the USDA, as well as the work of the Justice Department in bringing these long-ignored claims of African American farmers to a rightful conclusion.  I look forward to a swift resolution to this issue, so that the families affected can move on with their lives."