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January 5, 2024

Discrimination Financial Assistance Program Weekly Update

Program News and Notes

One More Week to Apply 


You can submit an application through January 13, 2024. If your application is late, it will not be reviewed, and you will not receive financial assistance. There will be no extensions. If your application is incomplete, it will be evaluated on the basis of the information that is included.

Applications submitted after the following deadlines will NOT receive consideration:

  • Applications submitted by mail (including overnight mail) must be postmarked no later than January 13, 2024.
  • Applications submitted in person at a local office must be received by 8 p.m. local time on January 13, 2024.
  • Applications submitted online must be submitted (not merely started) by 11:59 p.m. PST on January 13, 2024.

The information submitted through the application form is the only application requirement for this program. There will not be any hearings, appeals, or other processes to apply to this program.

You are encouraged to apply in advance of the deadline to allow time to resolve any questions on the application.

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Resources Are Available to Help Applicants

Complete Their DFAP Applications

Eligible farmers, ranchers and forest landowners who experienced discrimination in USDA’s farm lending prior to January 1, 2021 have a host of resources available on the Discrimination Financial Assistance Program (DFAP) website to assist them in completing their applications.


For example, under the “Filling out the Online Application” section on the “Resources & Documents” page, is an “Online Application User Guide” in English and Spanish to direct applicants through the process of using the DFAP Online Application system. The deadline for submitting a DFAP application is January 13, 2024. There is also an Online Application User Guide” video for applicants to view.

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Federation Live! DFAP Discussion

To support producers throughout the Application process, USDA is partnering with organizations with extensive experience conducting outreach to farm organizations. One of these groups, the Federation of Southern Cooperatives, recently sat down with Danny Bismark from the Land Loss Prevention Project to walk through the DFAP online application process.

Watch here

Weekly FAQ

A frequently asked question posed to the DFAP team is: What types of discrimination are covered under this program?


Discrimination means treating some people differently from others, for illegitimate reasons. In this program, a claim of discrimination may be based on different treatment you experienced because of race, color, national origin or ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, marital status, or disability, or in reprisal/retaliation for prior civil rights activity.


Covered discrimination could include, for example: failure to provide appropriate assistance; delay in processing a loan or loan servicing application; denial of a loan or loan servicing; prevention from applying for a loan or loan servicing; adverse loan terms; unduly onerous supervision of loan requirements—where these were due to the customer’s race, color, national origin or ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, marital status, or disability, or in reprisal/retaliation for prior civil rights activity. 

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Local Events

Several events are taking place across the country this week, including several virtual events. These are available in English and Spanish, during and after business hours. To find individual events, locations, and times that work for you, visit our Local Events page. You can also find events on the official social media accounts for the program (@22007apply).

Find your local event

The DFAP Call Center will assist you with general inquiries and answer at [email protected] or phone at 1-800-721-0970

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