Notice to Hispanic or women farmers and ranchers

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Notice to hispanic or women farmers and ranchers

If you believe that the United States Department of Agriculture improperly denied farm loan benefits to you between 1981 and 2000 because you are Hispanic or because you are female, you may be able to apply for compensation.

The U.S. government is establishing a claims process to make available $1.33 billion or more to farmers who alleged discrimination by the USDA during that period based on being female or being Hispanic.

If you qualify and submit a timely claim, you could receive financial compensation.

You may be eligible if:

--You sought a farm loan or farm-loan servicing from USDA during that period; and

--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

--You believe these actions occurred because you are Hispanic or female.

--If you want to register your name to receive a claims package, you can call the Farmer and Rancher Call Center at 1-888-508-4429 or access the following website:

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.

In order to participate, you must submit a claim to the Claims Administrator by the end of the claims period, which will last 180 days, but has not yet been announced.

USDA is not permitted to complete the Claims Package for you or provide you with legal advice.

You are not required to hire an attorney to file a claim, but you may contact a lawyer or other legal services provider in your community for additional guidance.

Again, more information is available at

FSA eAlerts

Missouri FSA is now offering eAlerts--a new way to receive FSA program reminders via e-mail or text.

You can sign up for eAlerts at your County Office and choose whether you would like to receive information via e-mail, text or both.

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You can opt out of receiving FSA eAlerts at any time.

You will still receive your FSA newsletter, but Missouri FSA has discontinued sending postcard reminders for upcoming sign ups and deadlines.

FSA eAlerts are provided as a service to Missouri FSA producers to help remind people of upcoming deadlines and other brief reminders.