(WASHINGTON) -- The Senate Friday decided to provide funding as relief to the country's black farmers who have experienced discrimination in the farming industry.
The government approved funding for the settlement agreement on a class action suit originally filed in 1997 by farmer Timothy Pigford, who was later joined in the suit by 400 other African American farmers, against the Department of Agriculture citing instances of descrimination.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture commended the government's "leadership in working to right these wrongs."
"This announcement marks a major milestone in USDA's efforts to turn the page on a sad chapter in our history," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in a written statement.
Vilsack added that Civil rights is a "top priority," which has prompted him to implement a program that will ensure customers are treated fairly and equally.
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