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USDA Accepting Requests for the Discrimination Financial Assistance Program

by Guest Blogger |

Farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners who experienced discrimination in USDA farm lending programs prior to January 2021 may be eligible for the Discrimination Financial Assistance Program. This program is an important step in delivering on USDA’s commitment of providing financial assistance to those who have faced discrimination in USDA farm lending programs.

USDA continues to accept applications for the program. The deadline to apply is January 13, 2024. Borrowers can apply for assistance online via or through a paper-based form. The application process is not on a first come, first served, basis. All applications received or postmarked before the January 13, 2024, deadline will be considered.

Filing an application is FREE and does not require a lawyer.

On, applicants can find information on how to obtain technical assistance in-person or virtually and additional resources and details about the program. Applicants can also call the free call center at 1-800-721-0970 or visit one of several dozen brick-and-mortar offices the program has set up around the country. Locations are provided on the program website and vendors will update the local events schedule with more information as it becomes available.

In light of some farmers’ concerns about working with USDA based on past experiences, USDA has partnered with community-based organizations to conduct outreach to underserved groups. To support producers throughout the application process, USDA is ensuring that organizations with extensive experience conducting outreach to farm organizations are able to support individuals who may be eligible for the program. These groups include AgrAbility, the Farmer Veteran Coalition, Farmers’ Legal Action Group, Federation of Southern Cooperatives, Intertribal Agriculture Council, Land Loss Prevention Program, National Young Farmers Coalition, and Rural Coalition.

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Text from an announcement issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service on December 14, 2023.