$1.33 billion for cash awards and tax relief programs become available for Hispanic and women farmers, or ranchers, who have been denied farm loans between the years 1981 to 2000.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the volunteer alternative is a chance to make amends after years of cultural discrimination.
There are an estimated 2000 woman farmers in Maine, and
Thus far, no claims have been filed.
Those who are eligible can file a claim online before March 25th, 2013, at Farmer Claims
or by calling 888-508-4429.