ST. PAUL, Minn., Jun 21, 2011 -- Hispanic and women farmers who feel they were improperly denied farm loan benefits between 1981 and 2000 because they were Hispanic or female may be eligible to apply for compensation.
In 2011, a claims administrator will begin mailing claims packages to those who have requested one. To request a claims package, visit www.farmerclaims.gov or call 1-888-508-4429. More information may also be obtained at the following USDA Rural Development offices in Southwest Minnesota:
• Willmar, 1005 High Ave. (320) 235-3540, ext. 4.
• Marshall, 1424 E. College Dr., Suite 500 (507) 532-3234, ext. 4
• Worthington, 1567 North McMillian, (507) 372-7783. ext. 4
For guidance, you may contact a lawyer or other legal services provider in your community. The USDA cannot provide legal advice.
Rural Development has invested over $2.5 billion throughout Minnesota since 2009. Financing is available for housing, infrastructure, community facilities, and job creation in rural areas.