Deadline Looms For USDA Loan Discrimination Claims

(March 22, 2013)--Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who believe they were discriminated against when seeking loans between 1981 and 2000 have until Monday to file their claims with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

"Hispanic and women farmers who believe they have faced discriminatory practices in the past from the USDA have only a few days left 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 Monday.

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.

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

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