(March 26, 2013)--The deadline has been extended to May 1 for Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who believe they were discriminated against when seeking loans between 1981 and 2000.
"Hispanic and women farmers who believe they have faced discriminatory practices in the past from the U.S. Department of Agriculture have only a short while to file a claim in order to have a chance to receive a cash payment or loan forgiveness," Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said.
Potential claimants should contact the claims administrator for information and mail their claim packages on or before May 1.
At least $1.33 billion in cash rewards and tax relief payments and as much as $160 million in farm debt relief is available for eligible Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers.
"The process offers a voluntary alternative to litigation for each Hispanic or female farmer and rancher who can prove that USDA denied his or her application for loan or loan servicing assistance for discriminatory reasons," Vilsack said.
The deadline was extended from March 25.
For more information, call 1-888-508-4429.