AP source: USDA offers discrimination settlement to #Latino farmers

(AP) The Obama administration on Tuesday offered $1.3 billion to settle complaints from female and Latino farmers who say they faced discrimination from the Agriculture Department.

The proposal comes as Congress is poised to approve a $1.25 billion settlement with African-American farmers in a similar discrimination case. The agency also is negotiating with Native American farmers over another lawsuit.

Details of the latest offer were provided to The Associated Press by a Justice Department official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the settlement has not been finalized.

The Latino and female farmers, whose lawsuits were filed a decade ago, have sought a larger settlement, and Stephen Hill, an attorney representing Latinos, suggested the cases remain far from being resolved.

Under the proposal, the government would reach out to farming communities to make women and Latinos aware of the settlement. Successful claimants could get a maximum of $50,000, but the awards could be lower depending on how many people win claims.

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