Inflation Reduction Act Investments in FPAC Programs

On August 18, President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) into law. It is a historic, once-in-a-generation investment and opportunity for the agricultural communities that USDA serves. The Inflation Reduction Act will help producers stay on the farm, prevent producers from becoming ineligible for future assistance, and promote climate-smart agriculture by increasing access to conservation assistance.

IRA Investments

Loans

The Inflation Reduction Act provides $3.1 billion for USDA to help farmers struggling to pay farm loans and whose operations are at risk. Thousands of distressed borrowers will be eligible for assistance such as payment or loan modifications to help keep them farming. This new assistance will be strictly based on distressed borrowers’ condition.

The law also provides $2.2 billion in financial assistance for farmers who have experienced discrimination in USDA’s farm lending programs. USDA recognizes the Department has not done enough historically to ensure all customers have equal access to its programs and services. This will allow USDA to further take accountability for that history by adjusting its farm loan systems, processes, and policies.

Conservation

Approximately $20 billion of Inflation Reduction Act funds will support USDA’s conservation programs within the Natural Resources Conservation Service. This includes:

  • $8.45 billion for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program
  • $4.95 billion for the Regional Conservation Partnership Program
  • $3.25 billion for the Conservation Stewardship Program
  • $1.4 billion for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program
  • $1 billion for the Conservation Technical Assistance Program

These are oversubscribed programs that are well known to farmers and ranchers. This additional investment will help farmers and ranchers implement expanded conservation practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase storage of carbon in their soil and trees.

Next Steps and Resources

USDA is currently working on how best to implement this law quickly. More information will be posted to this webpage as it becomes available.

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