ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Members of a U.S. Department of Agriculture panel on minority farmers are slated to visit Albuquerque to finalize recommendations on increasing minority participation.

The Minority Farmer Advisory Committee is scheduled to meet Thursday and Friday. The panel will take public comment on Thursday at the Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town.

The move comes after the USDA announced it would be addressing civil rights complaints that go back decades.

Early this year, the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia approved a settlement with African-American farmers, and last year the department announced a settlement with Native American farmers.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced in February that the department will resolve claims by Latino and women farmers and ranchers.

Copyright 2011 The AP.

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