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 borrowers.

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How the Process Will Work

The IRA specifies this assistance must be delivered to impacted producers by nongovernmental program administrators. USDA is in the process of finalizing plans with vendors who, together, will serve as a national administrator and four regional hubs that will conduct outreach and process applications from eligible farmers.

USDA is strongly encouraging the vendors to partner or subcontract with organizations that have experience in agriculture and that work with and represent producers and who have a relationship with USDA. These partners or subcontractors may conduct outreach and assist potential applicants with the financial assistance application process.

In addition, USDA is bringing in other trusted cooperators to help conduct outreach and ensure potential applicants are informed about the program and have the opportunity to apply.

The vendors who will process the applications include Midtown Group, which will serve as the national administrator; Windsor Group, which will serve farmers in the eastern regions of the U.S.; and Analytic Acquisitions, which will serve the western regions. All three organizations have experience in professional services, supporting government contracts, and USDA programs.

Timeline and How to Get Assistance

USDA contracted with vendors on May 1, 2023. Specific details concerning the producer application process and timing will follow as the process is developed.

The application filing period for this program has not started. Read our fact sheet about the program timeline and protecting yourself from scams.

USDA aims to distribute payments to impacted producers by the end of 2023. More information will be posted to this webpage as it becomes available.

Frequently Asked Questions

I’m a farmer, rancher, or forest landowner. When/how can I get further details about the producer application process for this program?

Future details concerning the application process for farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners seeking financial assistance through this new program will be announced once the national administrator and vendors for the four regional hubs are selected and prepared to begin accepting applications.

Do I need a lawyer to apply?

No lawyer is required for this program application. The process will be simple and technical assistance will be 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

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.

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