Peanut Growers Win $30 Million Federal Judgement

A federal judge says peanut farmers in seven states, including North Carolina, who sued the government when crop insurance payments were slashed by federal officials are entitled to 30 million dollars.

Some 38-hundred-seventy farmers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Texas, Georgia, Alabama and Florida sued after sustained crop losses in 2002. Attorney Dan Boyce said the farmers' crop insurance reimbursements were cut in half.

The judgment was signed by U-S District Court Judge Malcolm Howard of Greenville. In North Carolina, Boyce says 705 farmers will share three-and-a-half (M) million dollars.