My Daddy, who was a farmer, as had been his daddy and grandfather, used to tell me that regardless of what happens the farmers in this country will always get the “short-end of the stick.” I didn’t realize at the time how true his assessment really was. Recently, a federal appeals court in Richmond, Virginia, threw out a nearly $30 million judgment for peanut farmers in seven states who sued the government in a dispute over crop insurance payments. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit agreed with federal officials who had cut the payments by nearly half. The farmers will appeal the ruling. The lawsuit involves about 3,870 farmers in Alabama, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Georgia, and Florida. They claimed the federal crop insurance program should have paid them 31 cents a pound for peanut crops lost in the 2002 drought. The appeals court said that under the 2002 Farm Bill that eliminated the peanut quota system, the farmers were entitled to only 17.75 cents a pound. Hopefully this decision will be reversed. The American farmers deserve a break!
Source: Associated Press
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