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Black farmers will have their first official federal court hearing in their class-action lawsuit against the billion dollar Stine Seed Company on Thursday, August 2 nd at 2 :00 p.m. It will take place in U. S. District Judge John T. Fowlkes, Jr.’s courtroom on the 9 th floor of the Clifford Davis and Odell Horton Federal Building at 167 N. Main. Thomas Burrell, president of the 15,000-member Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association (BFAA) headquartered in Memphis, says the farmers
are elated to finally get Stine Seed Company in the courtroom where they can layout their air tight case of how they targeted and sold fake soybeans seeds to Blackfarmers. The lawsuit was filed under the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act of 1970.“There is no defense here,” commented Thomas Burrell. “We are goingthrough the legal process and can prove what Stine already knows that their employees sold us fake soybean seeds. 
We take on whoever violates our member’s constitutional rights. It is David verses the Goliath. I am confident thatGod and the court system are on our side. This is about food security and food safety. Soybeans are a food stock and a primary ingredient for all of the other food
commodities.Bishop David A. Hall, an avid farmer and a Church Of God In Christ pastor, purchased nearly $100,000 in fake soybean seeds from the Iowa-based seed giant. After an extremely poor yield of soybeans during the harvest in 2017, the farmers became suspicious and had Stine’s soybean seeds tested at the Mississippi State University School of Agriculture in Starkville, Mississippi. The test results revealed the germination was zero percent.


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