Meeting discusses discrimination claims

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will have a public meeting at 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, at the Red Lion, 200 N. Riverside Ave., Medford, to explain the claims process for Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers alleging discrimination

The government has made up to $1.33 billion available to farmers who alleged they were discriminated against in the farm loan process during certain periods between 1981 and 2000 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture because they were women or Hispanic.

The informational meeting is free to attend. Attendees can file claims through March 25, 2013, and may receive a cash payment or loan forgiveness. Those filing claims must be able to prove the USDA denied their applications for loan or loan servicing assistance for discriminatory reasons between 1981 and 2000.

For more information, visit www.farmerclaims.gov or call 1-888-508-4429.


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