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Latino Daily News

Saturday April 16, 2011

Claims Process to Open for Hispanic Farmers to Resolve Discrimination Suits

Claims Process to Open for Hispanic Farmers to Resolve Discrimination Suits

Photo: Hispanic farmers discriminated at USDA

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The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved and set up a process by which to handle claims of discrimination for Hispanic and women farmers while they were applying for loans.

Hispanic and women farmers will have 180-days this summer to seek relief from a $1.33 billion compensation pool and from a $160 million farm debt relief source. 

The USDA says it will pay up to $50,000 per claim for Hispanic and women farmers that can show that a USDA loan was denied to them for discriminatory reasons during the period of 1981 through 2000. 

In order to make a claim for a greater amount than $50,000 additional proof will be required and other requirements must be met.