The United States Government established a Claims Process to make available up to $1.33 billion or more to farmers who alleged discrimination by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) based on being female, or based on being Hispanic, in making or servicing farm loans during certain periods between 1981 and 2000. If you qualified and submitted a timely claim, you could receive an award of up to $50,000 or up to $250,000 in cash, depending on the evidence that you submitted. USDA will also provide a total of up to $160 million in debt relief to successful Claimants who currently owe USDA money for eligible farm loans. Successful Claimants may also receive an additional amount, equal to 25% of the combined cash award plus the principal amount of debt relief, to help pay federal taxes that may be owed.
Claims Filing Deadline: The Claims Filing Deadline has passed. Any Claim Forms submitted after the deadline will be deemed Late and will not be processed or adjudicated.
If you are currently represented by a lawyer regarding allegations of discrimination against USDA or in a lawsuit claiming discrimination by USDA, you should contact your lawyer regarding this Claims Process.
USDA and the Claims Administrator cannot provide legal advice to Claimants. You were not required to hire a lawyer to file a claim, but you may contact a lawyer or other legal services provider for additional guidance.