Section 22007 of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) provides $2.2 billion in financial assistance for farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners who experienced discrimination in USDA’s farm lending programs prior to January 1, 2021. Distribution of these funds is one step in the long march towards justice and an inclusive, equitable USDA. The program complements other assistance made possible through the IRA, including assistance for distressed borrowers.
Application Period Now Open
The application process is now open, and applications are due January 13, 2024. Applications for this program are free, and do not require a lawyer.
The IRA specifies this assistance must be delivered to impacted producers by nongovernmental program administrators. In May, USDA signed contracts with three vendors who, together, constitute a national administrator and four regional hubs. The vendors are working together to solicit applications from eligible farmers, provide technical assistance, and make decisions about each case (following rules set by USDA).
The vendors include:
- Midtown Group, serving as the national administrator;
- Windsor Group, serving producers in the eastern regions of the U.S.; and
- Analytic Acquisitions, serving the western regions.
The national administrator will manage all aspects of the application process including making determinations on applications, while the regional hubs will conduct outreach and technical assistance in addition to providing recommendations on applications.
The vendors are opening regional locations; they and USDA are working closely with community-based organizations across the country who are known and trusted by producer communities, including:
- Farmer Veteran Coalition
- Farmers’ Legal Action Group
- Federation of Southern Cooperatives
- Intertribal Agriculture Council
- Land Loss Prevention Project
- National Young Farmers Coalition
- Rural Coalition - Rural Coalition is working with their member organizations on this program, including:
- Grupo Amor de Homestead
- Latino Farmers of the Southeast
- American Indian Mothers, Inc.
- Compañeras Campesinas
- Cottage House Inc.
- Kansas Black Farmers Association
- Oklahoma Black Historical Research Project, Inc.
- Latino Farmers and Ranchers International, Inc.
- Rural Advancement of the National Sharecroppers Fund
- Texas Coalition of Rural Landowners
These organizations, will conduct outreach and technical assistance, ensuring potential applicants are informed about the program and have the opportunity to apply.
The application process is now open. Applications for this program are free, and do not require a lawyer.
Visit www.22007apply.gov for detailed information about application procedures.
This online resource provides information about eligibility requirements, available assistance, and application forms. Further assistance can be obtained by calling the National Call Center at 1-800-721-0970 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, regional offices have been set up around the country so that individuals can visit, get help, and apply in-person; help will also be available at mobile events. Find regional resources.
Timeline for Applications
Applications are due January 13, 2024. To ensure timely processing, there will be no extensions to the deadline. The specifics depend on the application submission method:
- U.S. or overnight mail must be postmarked by January 13, 2024
- E-Filing by 11:59 p.m. Pacific time January 13, 2024
- In person, at a regional office by 8 p.m. on January 13, 2024
USDA is aware of some lawyers and groups spreading misleading information about the discrimination assistance process, as well as requesting private and sensitive information. Read our fact sheet about the program timeline and how to protect yourself from scams.
More information will be posted to this webpage as it becomes available.
I’m a farmer, rancher, or forest landowner. When/how can I get further details about the producer application process for this program?
Visit www.22007apply.gov for detailed information about application procedures and available assistance.
Further information and assistance can be obtained by calling the National Call Center at 1-800-721-0970 or emailing email@example.com. Also, regional offices have been set up around the country so that individuals can visit, get help, and apply in-person; help will also be available at mobile events. Find regional resources.
I’m a farmer, rancher, or forest landowner. How do I know if I am eligible for this program?
To be eligible, you must have experienced discrimination by USDA in USDA farm lending (programs administered by FSA, the Farm Service Agency, or its predecessor the Farmers Home Administration), prior to January 1, 2021. (You may also be eligible if you currently have assigned or assumed USDA farm loan debt that was the subject of USDA discrimination that occurred prior to January 1, 2021.)
Importantly, individuals who have personally obtained money or loan forgiveness in a prior case addressing discrimination in USDA farm loan programs are still eligible to participate in this program.
Do I need a lawyer to apply?
No lawyer is required for this program application. Technical assistance is available.
Is this where I file a discrimination complaint if I am currently experiencing discrimination in USDA programs or need to find answers about a previously filed complaint?
No. If you are currently experiencing discrimination, you may contact the Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (OASCR), Information Research Service, at (866) 632-9992 (toll free) or send an email to the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at CR-INFO@usda.gov.
Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities may contact OASCR through the Federal Relay Service on 711. Those who prefer Spanish can use (800) 845-6136.
For help with additional questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will the funds be distributed on a first come, first served basis? Is there advantage to applying sooner rather than later?
No. Application is not on a first come, first served basis; all applications received by the deadline will be reviewed and considered.
- September 22, 2023: USDA Extends Application Deadline for Discrimination Financial Assistance Program to January 13
- July 7, 2023: Financial Assistance Application Process Opens for USDA Farm Loan Borrowers Who Have Faced Discrimination
- Fact Sheet: Discrimination Financial Assistance Program
- Fact Sheet: Avoid Scams Related to USDA Financial Assistance for Farmers Facing Discrimination
- March 14, 2023: Next Steps in Providing Financial Assistance to Borrowers Who Have Faced Discrimination: Organizational Deadline
- October 13, 2022: USDA Seeking Public Comment on a New Provision to Provide Assistance to Agricultural Producers Who Have Experienced Discrimination
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