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September 29, 2023

Discrimination Financial Assistance Program Weekly Update

USDA’s Monica Rainge Joins the Farmer Veteran Coalition for a Second DFAP Webinar  

Monica Rainge, USDA’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, joined members of the Farmer Veteran Coalition to provide another in-depth webinar on the Discrimination Financial Assistance Program (DFAP). The panel discussed resources to support DFAP applicants, including local offices available across the country to help applicants complete and file their electronic or hard copy Applications.  

Watch here

Farmer Veteran Coalition Offering Mental Health Awareness Project on Suicide Prevention Training 

The Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) is now offering free virtual FVC Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) suicide prevention training sessions in October. This training is for FVC members, their families, and members of the agricultural community that work with Veterans about mental health topics. For many people QPR is a very accessible way to receive an introduction to suicide prevention. 

Question, persuade, and refer are 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help.

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Application Deadline Extension 

Last Friday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that the deadline for DFAP has been extended to January 13, 2024. The original deadline was October 31, 2023. The deadline to request records from USDA’s Farm Service Agency for use in applications has also been extended to Friday, Nov. 3, 2023.


You can find more details in last week’s announcement.

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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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