The USDA Discrimination Financial Assistance Program (DFAP) is a new program established by the Inflation Reduction Act to provide financial assistance to farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners who experienced discrimination in United States Department of Agriculture farm lending.
Individuals that have experienced discrimination by USDA Farm Loan Programs prior to January 1, 2021, or currently hold or have inherited USDA farm loan debt that was subject to USDA discriminatory lending are eligible.
The deadline to apply for this program is January 17, 2024.
Filing an application is free and does not require a lawyer. Please beware of unauthorized groups and lawyers seeking to file your application for a fee. The USDA is offering various opportunities to receive free, confidential technical assistance with your DFAP application.
To speak with an agent or schedule an in-person appointment at the South Carolina DFAP office, call 1-800-721-0970 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The South Carolina DFAP office is located at 140 Stoneridge Dr, Suite 430, Columbia, SC 29210 and can assist applicants in accessing computers, scanning documents, and completing and filing their applications.
The USDA also offers online informational sessions via Zoom every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday.
I’ve been saying for years that the U.S. Government needs to work for all Americans. The Discrimination Financial Assistance Programs marks a significant step forward in achieving this goal and bringing justice to farmers who’ve been overlooked. I encourage you to apply today!