As part of continued efforts to close the chapter on allegations that discrimination occurred at USDA in past decades, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the establishment of a process to resolve the claims of Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who assert they were discriminated against when seeking USDA farm loans.
Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who allege past discrimination can now participate in a claims process in which they may receive compensation. The claims process offers a streamlined alternative to litigation and provides at least $1.33 billion in compensation, plus up to $160 million in farm debt relief, to eligible Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers.
Also, USDA is launching an outreach effort to potential claimants that will include a call center for farmers and ranchers, a website and in-person meetings around the country.
Individuals interested in participating in the claims process may register to receive a claims package, or may obtain more information, by visiting www.farmerclaims.gov. The claims package will have detailed information about the eligibility and claims process.
Individuals can register to receive a claims package by calling the Farmer and Rancher call center at 888-508-4429. USDA cannot provide legal advice to potential claimants. Persons seeking legal advice may contact a lawyer or other legal services provider.
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