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Farmers Get More Time to File Claims

March 26, 2013

Matt Hildner

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended the deadline by which Hispanic or women farmers and ranchers can file discrimination claims against the department.

The new deadline is May 1.

The department announced in 2011 up to $1.33 billion in cash awards and tax relief and $160 million in farm debt relief for parties who prove their claims.

The claims process is open toe parties who were denied an application for loan or loan servicing assistance for discriminatory reasons between 1981 and 2000.

An independent company will administer the claims process and adjudicate the claims.

For more information, visit or call 1-888-508-4429.

Source: (c)2013 The Pueblo Chieftain (Pueblo, Colo.). Distributed by MCT Information Services.

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