Black Tennessee Farmers Allege Seed Company Sold Them Defective Seeds to Run Them Out of Business

Several African-American farmers from Memphis, Tennessee are suing a seed company they claim intentionally sold them defective soybean seeds in a bid to put them out of business. According to a class action lawsuit filed by the farmers, the Stine Seed Company – the largest privately-owned seed company in the world – intentionally sold the farmers dysfunctional seeds at the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show held last March and the farmers have asserted that the scheme was racially-motivated and intended to reduce the number of African-American farmers in the industry.