The United States Department of Agriculture contacted us asking we post and distribute the following information.
If you believe that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) improperly denied farm loan benefits to you between 1981 and 2000 because you are Hispanic or because you are female, you may be eligible to apply for compensation.
1. You sought a farm loan or farm-loan servicing during that period;
2. The loan was denied, provided late, approved for a lesser amount than requested, approved with restrictive conditions, or USDA failed to provide an appropriate loan service; and
3. You believe these actions were based on your being Hispanic or your being female.
In 2011, a claims administrator will begin mailing claims packages to those who have requested one through the Call Center or website. The claims package will have detailed information about the eligibility and claims process.
If you want to register your name to receive a claims package, access the Hispanic and Women Farmer and Rancher Call Center or website:
Call Center: 1-888-508-4429
For guidance, you may contact a lawyer or other legal services provider in your community. Neither USDA or IASCD can provide legal advice to you.