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USDA Settlement Cases

USDA Settlement Cases

The US Department of Agriculture is actively resolving issues of discrimination brought forward by Native American, Black, Hispanic and female farmers and ranchers.   USDA has already settled class actions with Black and Native American farmers and ranchers and is in the process of informing Hispanic and women’s organizations about an offer of compensation for those who assert they experienced discrimination in farm loans, loan servicing, or equal access to credit during the 1980’s and 1990’s.

Deadlines and requirements vary. Act immediately if you feel you or a family member may qualify. Visit the Web sites or call the numbers listed for complete details.

Hispanic Farmers/Ranchers

Hispanic farmers and ranchers who believe that the USDA improperly denied farm loan benefits between 1981 and 2000 may be eligible to apply for compensation. You may be eligible if: 1. you sought a farm loan or farm-loan servicing from USDA during that period; and 2. 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 3. you believe these actions occurred because you are Hispanic.

Native American Farmers/Ranchers

Native American farmers and ranchers who were denied a farm loan, loan servicing, or equal access to credit in the USDA Farm Loan Program between Jan. 1, 1981 and Nov. 24, 1999.

Women Farmers/Ranchers

Women farmers and ranchers who believe that the USDA improperly denied farm loan benefits between 1981 and 2000 may be eligible to apply for compensation. You may be eligible if: 1. you sought a farm loan or farm-loan servicing from USDA during that period; and 2. 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 3. you believe these actions occurred because you are female.

Black Farmers/Ranchers

African American farmers who believe that the USDA discriminated against them between 1981 and 1996 based on race, wrongfully denying them farm loans, loan servicing, and other benefits, or giving them loans with unfair terms, or who did not file timely claims.