USDA Resolves Lawsuits With Women, Hispanics
October 17, 2012

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Dust billows as a farmer plows a dry field April 16, 2009 near Buttonwillow, California. Central Valley farmers and farm workers are suffering through the third year of the worsening California drought with extreme water shortages and job losses.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture is holding meetings across the country with women and Hispanic farmers who believe they were discriminated against when applying for farm loans. The USDA is offering up to $1.3 billion in settlements.

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