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September 1, 2023

Discrimination Financial Assistance Program Weekly Update

Discrimination Financial Assistance Program

Update on FSA Records

Eligible farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners wishing to request their records from FSA to support their applications can continue to submit requests, and the agency will work to expedite records searches as quickly as possible. The prior deadline for these requests (September 6) has been extended to September 29.  

The DFAP application process was designed so that FSA records are not required, though relevant records may be attached to an application as additional evidence if they are available. Where possible, FSA has already provided digital records to the program administrators to assist them as they conduct the program. If you still wish to request records from FSA, the agency will search for records and provide copies of any relevant documents located in the search.

Due to the amount of time that may have passed, USDA recognizes that some records may no longer be in FSA’s possession. FSA follows government record retention schedules that indicate which farm records should be kept after a designated period of time. Even if no FSA records are available, you can provide other evidence to show you were a farmer or intended to farm and experienced discrimination in USDA farm lending. 

Records requests must be submitted in writing. This can be done by emailing [email protected] no later than Friday, September 29, 2023. If you do not have an email address, you can go to your local FSA office or call 1-800-721-0970 to receive information about where and how you can submit a request in writing. Details on information that should accompany your request are available at the link below.

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Cooperator Spotlight

A Network for Cultivating Farmer Well-Being

Cultivemos (formerly known as FRSAN-NE, the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network Northeast) aims to improve behavioral health awareness, literacy, access, and outcomes for farmers, ranchers, and farmworkers in the Northeast by developing a service provider network that can assist and meet the unique needs of agricultural workers. 

A free online training through Farm First and Cultivemos provides an introduction to the concept of mental health and responding to mental health concerns. Access the training here.

Cultivemos’ mission is to bring agricultural community well-being to the table by building an inclusive network of partners and providers. Cultivemos services communities in: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C. 

A video overview of the resources readily available to the Cultivemos Network can be viewed here.

Other Regional Groups:

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Listen to Stephen Carpenter with the Farmers’ Legal Action Group (FLAG) discuss his agricultural background and take a deeper dive into DFAP and frequently asked questions.

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Local Offices

The DFAP Call Center and Local DFAP Offices will be closed on Monday, September 4, 2023, in observance of Labor Day. 

Find your local office

Local Events

Dozens of events are taking place across the country this week, including several virtual events. 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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