The USDA has extended the filing deadline for the USDA Hispanic and Women Farmers and Ranchers Claims Process to May 1, 2013.  In the USDA press release, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack stated:

Hispanic and women farmers who believe they have faced discriminatory practices in the past from the USDA have additional time to file a claim in order to have a chance to receive a cash payment or loan forgiveness. . . . USDA urges potential claimants to contact the Claims Administrator for information and to file their claim packages on or before May 1, 2013.

For more information about the Claims Process, please visit the Claims Administrator website at www.farmerclaims.gov.