Monday, April 04, 2011

Hispanic farmer settlement part of upcoming ranchers forum in Taos

Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who can prove they were victims of discrimination by the U.S. Department of Agriculture may be eligible for up to $50,000 in compensation from the federal government. That claims settlement fund will be among the many topics discussed during an upcoming Rancher's Forum, which takes place April 8 and 9 at the Taos County Economic Development Corp. Business Park. The forum, presented by the Taos County Economic Development Corp. and the New Mexico Acequia Association, is intended to bring together local producers and agriculture agencies to share knowledge and provide updates about industry issues. For area ranchers and farmers, the $1.3 billion claims fund being organized by the USDA for Hispanic and women farmers will likely be one of the more noteworthy issues discussed during the two-day event...more

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