Gives Women Farmers Additional Time to File a Claim of Discrimination
WASHINGTON, DC--Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Anna Eshoo (D-CA) released the following statements today in response to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Department of Justice (DOJ)’s announcement that they are extending the time period for women and Hispanic farmers and ranchers who have suffered discrimination by the agency to file a claim.
“I am glad this claims period is being extended so that women farmers and ranchers who have suffered discrimination in the past can finally see some justice. In particular, I would like to thank Secretary Vilsack for his efforts to extend the claims period,” said DeLauro. “I hope that we can continue to work together to ensure that women farmers who suffered discrimination in the past have access to a fair Administrative Claims Program.”
“It’s only fair that the estimated 43,000 women farmers and ranchers who have been discriminatorily denied billions in loans from the USDA have ample time to submit their claims. The relatively low number of claims filed so far suggests that more time is necessary. I thank the USDA for its continued cooperation by extending the deadline of the claims program,” Eshoo said.
The most recent Census of Agriculture identified more than a million female farm operators, approximately 300,000 of whom are principal farm operators. That amounts to 14 percent of the 2.2 million farms in our country.
If you are a female or Hispanic farmer who was discriminated against between 1981 and 2000, please call 1-888-508-4429 or go to farmerclaims.gov. Eligible farmers and ranchers can file claims through May 1, 2013.