USDA Trying To Right Past Wrongs, One Claim At A Time
July 24, 2011
The USDA isn’t proud of its history dealing with women and minority farmers. And there’s a reason for that – many perfectly eligible farmers have been denied farm loans because they were women or minorities. But the USDA is trying to right past wrongs… and put $1.33 billion behind it.
Right now, the USDA is looking for women and Hispanics who had problems in the past accessing farm loans. Those problems range from being denied to having a loan delivered late. To expedite the process, USDA has set up a claims process: people can call 1-888-508-4429 or go to www.farmerclaims.gov.
There’s some fine print, of course. People submitting a claim need to have applied for a farm loan between 1981 and 2000 and believe that the reason they had problems accessing a farm loan was because they were Hispanic or a woman.
This claims process joins two others: one for Native Americans and one for Black farmers. For more information on the Native American claims, please go to www.indianfarmclass.com, and for the African American farmer claims, please go to www.blackfarmercase.com.