Meeting for Hispanic and women farmers

Carolyn Anderson, right, talks to vendor Brian Ray as she shops at The City Market Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, in Kansas City, Mo. A new U.S. Department of Agriculture report says sales of �local foods,� whether sold direct to consumers at farmers markets or through intermediaries such as grocers or restaurants, amounted to $4.8 billion in 2008. That�s a number several times greater than earlier estimates, and the department predicts locally grown foods will generate $7 billion in sales this year.  (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

Carolyn Anderson, right, talks to vendor Brian Ray as she shops at The City Market Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, in Kansas City, Mo. A new U.S. Department of Agriculture report says sales of �local foods,� whether sold direct to consumers at farmers markets or through intermediaries such as grocers or restaurants, amounted to $4.8 billion in 2008. That�s a number several times greater than earlier estimates, and the department predicts locally grown foods will generate $7 billion in sales this year. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The U.S. Agriculture Department is holding an informational meeting for Hispanic and women farmers or ranchers who may have been improperly denied a farm loan.

People denied loan benefits between 1981 and 2000 may be eligible to apply for compensation. The claims period opened Sept. 24 and closes on March 25 of next year.

The meeting takes place at the USDA Service Center in Greeneville beginning at 1 p.m. on Wednesday.

Staff also will provide participants with an update on current programs and available resources.

More information is available on the Claims Resolution website at http://www.farmerclaims.gov . Those seeking information on the claims also can call (888) 508-4429.


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