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Peanut appeal refused

This article was originally published in Foodnews

A FEDERAL appeals court in Virginia, US, has thrown out a nearly US$30 million judgment involving around 3 870 peanut farmers in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Georgia, Alabama and Florida. The farmers sued the government in a dispute over crop insurance payments. They claimed the federal insurance programme should have paid them US$0.31 per lb 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 only entitled to just under US$0.18/lb. A three-judge panel of the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with federal officials who had slashed the payments by nearly half. Farmers' attorney Dan Boyce says they will appeal.

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