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November 10, 2023

Discrimination Financial Assistance Program Weekly Update

Program News and Notes

There are many ways to get help with your Discrimination Financial Assistance Program (DFAP) application: 

  • Get no-cost assistance in English or in Spanish, via the Call Center 
  • Schedule an in-person appointment at a local office 
  • Attend one of many in-person or virtual events held weekly 
  • Get help through an online video call 

The DFAP Call Center will assist you with general inquiries and answer questions you may have in completing your application. You can reach them by email at [email protected] or phone at 1-800-721-0970. 

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Weekly FAQ

A frequently asked question posed to the DFAP team is whether applicants have to choose between DFAP and a discrimination complaint made to the USDA Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (OASCR). 


The answer is “No.” 


The Discrimination Financial Assistance Program is available only if the discrimination you experienced occurred prior to January 1, 2021. If you have filed a discrimination complaint with OASCR that deals with discrimination prior to 2021, you do not need to close or stay that complaint in order to be eligible for this program—and financial assistance awarded under this program does not bar consideration of that complaint by OASCR.

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Watch Farm Veteran Coalition's

Q&A Session on DFAP 

Earlier this week, the Farm Veteran Coalition hosted a live Q&A session on Facebook to provide information and answer questions on the Discrimination Financial Assistance Program (DFAP). 

Watch here

Upcoming Event:

Upper Midwest Farmland Summit 

The 2023 Farmland Summit will bring together thought leaders, change agents, policymakers, and practitioners from around the Upper Midwest to dig into critical challenges and opportunities related to farmland access and transfer. DFAP teams will be onsite to answer questions about the program. USDA Farm Service Agency Administrator Zach Ducheneaux is also on the agenda to speak about fostering change at USDA.


November 14 & 15, 2023 


Minnesota Landscape Arboretum 

Chaska, Minnesota 

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Local Events

Dozens of 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. 

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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