U.S. Department of Agriculture

Federal officials are satisfied with how much North Carolina has reduced its food stamp backlog. The U.S. Department of Agriculture oversees the food stamp program, and it ruled late Friday on North Carolina's progress.

CHUCK LIDDY — cliddy@newsobserver.com

State and county employees may have to continue working nights and weekends to keep North Carolina's food stamp backlog under control. Those kinds of hours helped the state make tremendous progress toward a federal deadline Monday. But more challenges remain.

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North Carolina came up just short of a federal deadline to clear certain parts of its food stamp backlog. State Secretary of Health and Human Services Aldona Wos announced this morning that there are still 25 food stamp applications or renewals left.

State and county health workers are rushing to clear parts of North Carolina's food stamp backlog before a federal deadline. The U.S. Department of Agriculture oversees the food stamp program, and it's demanding North Carolina make a certain amount of progress by Monday.

This is the final day for black farmers to file a claim in a government settlement known as "Pigford II." Congress has set aside more than $1 billion to compensate black farmers who were unfairly denied loans and assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The U.S. government originally admitted to the discrimination and agreed to compensate victims in 1999, but thousands of farmers didn't learn of the settlement until it was too late. A second settlement was approved last year to accommodate those late filers. Today is their deadline to make a claim.