ATTENTION Women and Hispanic Farmers and Ranchers

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ATTENTION Hispanic and Women Farmers and Ranchers: Between 1981 and 2000, certain groups of Americans were discriminated against by some USDA offices around the country when they applied for agricultural/farm loans. It is Agriculture Secretary Vilsack's goal to right those wrongs, turn the page, and move forward. 

The United States Government has established a Claims Process to make available up to $1.33 billion or more to farmers who alleged discrimination by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) based on being female, or based on being Hispanic, in making or servicing farm loans during certain periods between 1981 and 2000. If you qualify and submit a timely claim, you could receive an award of up to $50,000 or up to $250,000 in cash, depending on the evidence that you submit. USDA will also provide a total of up to $160 million in debt relief to successful Claimants who currently owe USDA money for eligible farm loans. Successful Claimants may also receive an additional amount, equal to 25% of the combined cash award plus the principal amount of debt relief, to help pay federal taxes that may be owed.  

The new claims process, which is entirely voluntary, is an important step towards correcting the wrongs of the past and strengthening the USDA for the future. 

If you, or anyone you know may qualify for this process, please apply and spread the word. The USDA hopes to reach everyone who may have been impacted. For further information and to file a claim through the Hispanic and Women Farmers and Ranchers Claims Process visit 

Those Eligible Must File Claims No Later Than 
March 25, 2013

Read Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s News release at:

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