Inflation Reduction Act Assistance for Producers Who Experienced Discrimination in USDA Farm Loan Programs

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 farm loan borrowers.

The application period for this program ended January 17, 2024.

You can check the status of your application by calling 1-800-721-0970 or (if you filed your application online) by visiting Your confirmation ID is helpful to retrieve your application status but not required.

About the Program

The IRA specifies this assistance must be delivered to impacted producers by nongovernmental program administrators. In May 2023, USDA signed contracts with three vendors who, together, constitute a national administrator and four regional hubs. 

During the application period, the vendors worked together to solicit applications from eligible farmers and provided technical assistance. The vendors are now reviewing applications and will make decisions about each application in accordance with program rules set by USDA about how applications are evaluated and awards are calculated.

The vendors include:

  • The Midtown Group, serving as the national administrator
  • Windsor Group, serving the eastern regions of the U.S. 
  • Analytic Acquisitions, serving the western regions of the U.S.

The national administrator manages all aspects of the application process including application scoring and eligibility reviews. The regional hubs conducted outreach and technical assistance in addition to providing initial determinations on application eligibility and scoring.

During the application period, the vendors opened regional locations; they and USDA worked closely with community-based organizations across the country that are known and trusted by producer communities. These organizations included:

The vendors and organizations conducted outreach and technical assistance, ensuring potential applicants were informed about the program and had the opportunity to apply.

More information will be posted to this webpage as it becomes available.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I check the status of my application?

You can check the status of your application by calling 1-800-721-0970 or (if you filed your application online) by visiting Having your confirmation ID is helpful to retrieve your application status but not required.

How will payments be made? 

Payments for approved applications will be delivered later this year by check through the U.S. mail.

Will the funds be distributed on a first come, first served basis? Is there advantage to applying sooner rather than later?  

No. Applications are not being considered on a first come, first served basis; all applications received by the deadline will be reviewed and considered before funds are distributed.

Where can I learn more?

Visit for additional information. You can also get assistance from the National Call Center. You can reach them by calling 1-800-721-0970 or emailing The program’s call center will remain open until after program payments are made, from 8 a.m. EST to 8 p.m. PST, with English- and Spanish-speaking agents available, seven days per week (except Federal holidays) for the next several weeks, and weekdays after February 18, 2024.

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