ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Farm Service Agency has set up a process to resolve claims by Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who say they were discriminated against when seeking farm loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The FSA chief for Minnesota, Linda Hennen, says the USDA will open a 180-day claims period this summer. She says the process provides at least $1.33 billion in compensation, plus up to $160 million in farm debt relief, to eligible Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers.

The agency says the program will pay up to $50,000 for those who can show that the USDA denied them a loan or loan servicing for discriminatory reasons for certain periods between 1981 and 2000. Those who provide additional proof and meet other requirements can get a $50,000 reward.

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Comments (12)
  1. truth hurts says:

    Rural conservatives will not like this…they don’t like woman and Hispanics going into their “country” club.

    1. Rusty Shackelford says:

      There are no country clubs in rural areas. Only suburbs and urban areas. You Liberals are what I call a closet racist, afraid to speak about your own cultures, but on top of us for not embracing everyone like long lost family. You are sheltered, take your allergy medicine you dorky sellout.

      1. Katie says:

        Rusty, you obviously are NOT from the rural area. I know of three country clubs within 50 miles from my home in SW MN, the largest community being less than 10,000 in population. The unspoken rule is: Membership by invitation only!

  2. Norge says:

    Truth Hurts is an uneducated ID i o t. After several investigations that have shown that over 95% of all claims paid under this settlement have been scams by minorities who never even owned a hoe or tractor much less a farm the govenment is going to EXPAND the claims process? Your govenment at work ripping off the all working folks of every color for corrupt minorities that never did a thing to ‘earn’ a penny of the $50,000 of taxpayer money, much less ever try to farm. Another liberal rip-off thanks to the trial-lawyuers and their bought and paid for liberal polititians. AG Holder should be in prison.

  3. David says:

    A billion here a billion there, eventually the Democrats will buy another election on the backs of minorities

    1. Another scam says:

      The blacks pulled the same thing last year its just a way for them to get something for nothing

  4. George Orwell says:

    God I hate mexicants

  5. George Orwell says:

    They’re such filthy people

    1. Amanda says:


    2. Rusty Shackelford says:

      Your mother is filthy for raising a pig like you boy George.
      Wait, I see what’s going on here. Some LIBERAL created an alter ego of me and is vandalizing free speech, hmmm. Typical trick, really doesn’t help your utopian cause.

  6. Rusty Shackelford says:

    George Orwell is a hacker. I speak my mind and may offend many, but your tricks are pathetic. Don’t vote Obama Minnesota, bunch of cowardly weasels holding us back.

    1. Katie says:

      Who is Obama Minnesota?

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