Farm Service Seeking To Right Past Wrongs

10/31/12 7:50AM By Mitch Wertlieb, Amy Kolb Noyes
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An unknown number of women and Hispanic farmers in Vermont may have been improperly denied loans over a nearly 20 year period, beginning in 1981.

Now the Farm Service Agency in Vermont is trying to get the word out to help some of these farmers get the documents they need to apply for restitution.

Bob Paquin is the Director of the Farm Service Agency and he says farm programs and lending practices have not been immune to discrimination in the past.

The Farm Service Agency is hosting a series of Open House Informational Meetings for farmers who believe they may be eligible for restitution. Those meetings will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the following dates and locations:

November 1, White River Junction

November 8, St. Albans

November 14, Newport

November 28, Berlin

December 6, Middlebury

December 13, Rutland

For more information, go to the Farm Service Agency website.

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