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Public Meeting Regarding USDA Programs Update and the Hispanic and Women Farmers and Ranchers Claims Process

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Posted: Oct 18, 2012 2:24 PM

Updated: Oct 18, 2012 3:34 PM

SAN BENITO - The Texas-Mexico Border Coalition and U.S. Department of Agriculture will host a public meeting in Cameron County to discuss USDA programs and the Hispanic and Women Farmers and Ranchers Claims Process.

The meeting will happen at 6 p.m. on Oct. 24 at the Cameron County AgriLife Building at 1390 W. Expressway 77/83 in San Benito.

FSA Administrator Juan M. Garcia will discuss the claim process. Employees from the Texas Farm Service Agency, Rural Development and the Natural Resources Conservation Service will provide program updates.

Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who farmed or attempted to farm between 1981 and 2000 who allege USDA discrimination when seeking USDA farm loan assistance are encouraged to attend the meeting.

The Hispanic and Women Farmers and Ranchers Claims period opened Sept. 24 and will close on March 25, 2013.

For more information, call Raymond Lopez at 817-573-1444, ext. 104. For special accommodations, or to RSVP, call Aisha Cruz at the Texas-Mexico Border Coalition at 956-481-3256 or by email at tmbc@tm-bg.org.

Topics: usda, hispanic and women farmers and ranchers claims process, meeting, san benito

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