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A farm organization run by a prominent Albany couple hopes to use money from a federal discrimination suit to buy a Dougherty County plantation.

New Communities, Led by Charles and Shirley Sherrod, is negotiating to by Cypress Pond Plantation off Old Pretoria Road.

If the purchase goes through, it will be paid for with money from the Sherrods' portion of the Pigford Settlement.

The U. S. Department of Agriculture agreed to that settlement.

Last year, Congress approved to pay $1.5 billion to black farmers around the country who had been victims of discrimination by the USDA over generations.

Cypress Pond is a 1,664-acre plantation.