- USDA will accept claims from September 24, 2012 to March 25, 2013.
- Click here to download the 1-page claims application checklist, which lists the documents required to file a claim.
- Website for more info: www.farmerclaims.gov
- USDA farmer and rancher call center: 1-888-508-4429
>> View the USDA public service announcement on the claims resolution process below. >> Vea el video aquí: Anuncio de servicio público del USDA para agricultores hispanos o mujeres agricultoras
A USDA release states that “the process offers a voluntary alternative to litigation for each Hispanic or female farmer and rancher who can prove that USDA denied his or her application for loan or loan servicing assistance for discriminatory reasons for certain time periods between 1981 and 2000.” The release also notes that “independent legal services companies will administer the claims process and adjudicate the claims.” While having a lawyer is not necessary for participating in the claims process, legal assistance may be helpful in filing a claim. RAFI can help you with finding legal assistance.
Eligibility Requirements • You are Hispanic or female; • If you are Hispanic, you farmed, or attempted to farm, between January 1, 1981, and December 31, 1996, or between October 13, 1998, and October 13, 2000; • If you are female, you farmed, or attempted to farm, between January 1, 1981, and December 31, 1996, or between October 19, 1998, and October 19, 2000; • You were the owner-operator or a tenant-operator of farm property, or you attempted to own or lease farm land, during the same time periods listed above; • You applied for a farm loan or for farm-loan servicing at a USDA office during one of the time periods listed above; or for those seeking a Tier 1(a) payment only, you made a bona fide effort to apply for a farm loan or for farm-loan servicing, and USDA actively discouraged the application during one of those time periods; • Your application for a farm loan from USDA was denied, provided late, or approved for a lesser amount than requested or restricted; or USDA failed to provide you an appropriate loan service; • You believe that USDA discriminated against you because you are Hispanic or female; • USDA’s treatment of your loan or loan application led to economic damage to you; • You filed a discrimination complaint with USDA, either individually or through a representative, alleging that USDA discriminated against you based on your being Hispanic or female, in connection with a loan application or loan; and • You have not participated in, and will not participate in, any other resolution or claims process of any kind involving the same claims.