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AL Bulletin 230-13-1

Date:  October 16, 2012

Subject:  EOP - Claims Process for Hispanic and Women Farmers and Ranchers

Purpose:   To provide information on the Hispanic and Women Farmers and Ranchers claim process (HWFRCP).

Expiration Date:  April 30, 2013.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who allege discrimination by the USDA can file claims between September 24, 2012, and March 25, 2013.  USDA will conduct extensive outreach and notification efforts to Hispanic and women farmer communities so that all eligible farmers and ranchers learn about this option and are provided an opportunity to participate.

A toolkit has been developed and is available on the Alabama SharePoint Site.

General Publicity Tools in Toolkit (These tools may be used to inform the public about the HWFRCP):

  • HWFR News Releases (English and Spanish) (as issued by the Secretary of Agriculture – no changes) for Print Media

  • HWFR Flyer for display in the USDA Service Centers

  • HWFR Poster for display in the USDA Service Centers

  • HWFR Public Service Announcements (English and Spanish) for Radio Media

  • HWFR 7.5 x 10 B&W Poster (English and Spanish)

Action - Regarding General Publicity Tools:

  • The Farm Service Agency is handling publicity to local newspapers and public service announcements to local radio stations. District conservationists should send copies of published articles to the Communications, Marketing, and Outreach Section in the state office. 

  • Display HWFR posters in the USDA Service Centers. 

  • Copy the attached HWFR flyer to have available to farmers and ranchers visiting your office. 

  • Copy the attached Alabama Public Meetings flyer to have available to farmers and ranchers visiting your office.

Action - Internal Use Only Documents (These documents are not for public use; only for USDA employees).  Please review and become familiar with these documents.

  • HWFR Background

  • HWFR Communication Guidance

  • HWFR Talking Points

All media inquiries regarding the HWFRCP shall be directed to:  USDA Office of Communications - 202-720-4623

NRCS field office personnel may receive inquiries from customers concerning the claims process.  Please direct individuals to the website below:  The farmer claims website will also be available at the bottom of the front page of the Alabama NRCS Website under “Additional Information.” 

Website:  www.farmerclaims.gov
Phone:      1-888-508-4429
Claims Period:  September 25, 2012 – March 25, 2013
(Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time)

NRCS employees should not provide legal advice.  USDA is engaged only to assist with the outreach effort.  District Conservationists should share this information with soil and water conservation district supervisors. 

Please contact me if you have questions:  julie.yates@al.usda.gov, 334-887-4581

 /s/

JULIE B. YATES
Director, Communications, Marketing, and Outreach

The following documents may require  Adobe Reader, Microsoft Excel, or Microsoft Word. (If you have problems opening any of these documents, please contact Fay.Garner@al.usda.gov, Phone 334-887-4506.)

     Attachments:  HWFR flyer, Alabama Public Meetings flyer, USDA News Release

 

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