Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has extended the voluntary claim process to May 1 for Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who allege discrimination by the USDA in the past.
"Hispanic and women farmers who believe they have faced discriminatory practices in the past from the USDA have additional time to file a claim in order to have a chance to receive a cash payment or loan forgiveness," said Secretary Vilsack in a press release. "USDA urges potential claimants to contact the Claims Administrator for information and to file their claim packages on or before May 1, 2013."
The process offers a voluntary alternative to litigation for each Hispanic or female farmer who can prove the USDA denied his/her application for loan or loan servicing assistance for discriminatory reasons between 1981 and 2000.
The claims process makes available $1.33 billion for cash awards and tax relief payments, plus up to $160 million in farm debt relief for eligible Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers.
For more information, call 888-508-4429 or visit www.farmerclaims.gov.
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