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Discrimination Against Women and Hispanic Farmers

Props to the USDA for acknowledging a dark part of its history – unfairly denying women and Hispanics farm loans. The USDA is now looking for women and Hispanics who believe they were discriminated against when applying for farm loans so that they can be compensated. (The USDA has given similar compensation for African American and Native American farmers.)

Here are the details: the USDA is looking for women and Hispanics who were denied farm loans between 1981 and 2000. Claims must be filed by March 25, 2013, and you will be considered for a cash payment or for loan forgiveness.

For more information, go to: www.farmerclaims.gov  or call 1-888-508-4429.

Also! There will be two informational meetings in Wisconsin this fall. The first is in Madison on November 29: 10am in room 121A at the Lyman Anderson County Building, 5201 Fen Oak Rd. The second is in Eau Claire on December 6: 10am in room 130 at the Chippewa Valley Technical College, Manufacturing Education Center, 2320 Alpine Rd.