Colorado State FSA April 2013 Newsletter

April 2013

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Colorado State FSA Newsletter

DEAR PRODUCERS: Welcome to the new GovDelivery bulletins and updates service from your Name County FSA office. Note that you are welcome to request to receive bulletins from more than one state and/or county and can add or remove individual subscriptions at any time.  


Colorado State  FSA Office

Denver Federal Center
PO Box 25426
Denver, CO 80225

Phone: 720-544-2876
Fax:  720-544-2966

State Executive Director:
Trudy Kareus

State Committee:
Marsha Daughenbaugh
Bill Warren
Armando Valdez
James Hume
Paul Mailander 

 Dates to Remember:

May 1, 2013 - NAP Sales Closing Date for Parsnip and Nursey

May 1, 2013 - Final date for Hispanic and Women Farmers and Ranchers to mail their claim packages. 

May 20, 2013 - Beginning date to sign-up for general CRP.

May 31, 2013, Final Date for MAL for Corn, Cotton, Gran Sorghum, Rice and Soybeans.

HISPANIC AND WOMEN FARMERS AND RANCHERS CLAIMS PROCESS EXTENDED

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the extension of the voluntary claims process for Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who allege discrimination by the USDA in past decades. All claims must now be filed by May 1, 2013.

USDA urges potential claimants to contact the Claims Administrator for information and mail their claim packages on or before May 1, 2013.

The process offers a voluntary alternative to litigation for each Hispanic or female farmer and rancher who can prove that USDA denied his or her application for loan or loan servicing assistance for discriminatory reasons for certain time periods between 1981 and 2000. As announced in February 2011, the voluntary claims process will make available at least $1.33 billion for cash awards and tax relief payments, plus up to $160 million in farm debt relief, to eligible Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers. There are no filing fees to participate in the program.

Claimants may register for a claims package by calling the telephone number below Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time or by downloading the forms from the website.

Website: www.farmerclaims.gov
Phone: 1-888-508-4429
Fax: (855) 626-8343
Email: claims@hwfr.org

Claims Period: September 24, 2012 – May 1, 2013.

Claim packages and other documentation may be mailed to Hispanic and Women Farmers and Ranchers Claims Administrator, PO Box 4540, Portland, OR 97208-4540. Claim packages and other documentation may also be emailed to claims@hwfr.org. Claimants may also fax claims packages and other documentation to (855) 626-8343. Completed forms and documentation must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. PDT on May 1, 2013.