USDA Texas Farm Service Agency Acting State Executive Director James B. Douglass today announced that two (internet-based virtual meeting) webinars are scheduled in October to discuss FSA, Rural Development and Natural Resources Conservation Service program updates as well as the USDA Hispanic and Women Farmer and Rancher Claims Process.
The claims process opened Sept. 24, and closes on March 25. The webinars are scheduled for Oct. 2 and Oct. 18 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
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.
“I encourage producers who want more information about USDA programs or the claims process to register for one of these webinars,” said Douglass. “The webinars are free and open to the first 1,000 participants who register.”
Douglass emphasizes that these webinars are intended as forums to discuss the general plan for the claims process and USDA webinar hosts will not be able to discuss the details of any individual claim during the course of the webinars.
To view the webinar schedule and register, go to http://www.fsa.usda.gov/Internet/FSA_File/tx_hwwebinar2012.pdf.
For more information regarding USDA programs and the Hispanic and Women Farmer and Rancher Claims process, please contact Eddie Trevino in the Texas State FSA Office at (979) 680-5221 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.