There are eight more Hispanic and Women Farmer and Rancher Claims Process to go and USDA may schedule more.

Nov. 15 – Stockton

Nov. 28 – Elk Grove

Nov. 29 – Petaluma

Dec. 11 – Escondido

Dec. 12 – El Centro

Jan. 16 – Moreno Valley

Jan. 23 – Red Bluff

 

Please consider attending one of the meetings in California to learn how to apply and who is eligible. For immediate information about meeting dates and locations, call Jan Durante at 530-792-5520 or email to jan.durante@ca.usda.gov. You can also visit www.fsa.usda.gov/ca for details.

In addition, we’ve produced a video that describes the Hispanic and Women Farmer and Rancher Claims Process and gives an overview of the Farm Service Agency. Please take a few moments to view this brief video, then copy and paste this link in your own communications via your newsletter, website and meetings: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Rr15odSzwo&feature=plcp.

More than $1.33 billion is available to implement this claims resolution process to resolve the claims of Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who may have experienced discrimination as a result of seeking loans or credit from USDA during certain periods from 1981 to 2000. 

Please help get the word out to your members and others who may benefit from this information. Claims must be filed between Sept. 24, 2012 and March 25, 2013 to be considered.

Note that those unable to attend a meeting can get further information and a claim form by calling 1-888-508-4429 or by visiting www.farmerclaims.gov. All information is in English and Spanish.