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Welcome to the Informational Website for the Hispanic and Women Farmers and Ranchers Claims Resolution Process.

The United States Government is establishing 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.

Initial Claim Package Mailing:  September 24, 2012

Claims Filing Deadline:  March 25, 2013

If you are currently represented by a lawyer regarding allegations of discrimination against USDA or in a lawsuit claiming discrimination by USDA, you should contact your lawyer regarding this Claims Process.

USDA cannot provide legal advice to Claimants. You are not required to hire a lawyer to file a claim, but you may contact a lawyer or other legal services provider for additional guidance. http://nationalaglawcenter.org/assets/usda-claims/legalassistancelist.pdf

Helpful Link: The National Agricultural Law Center.