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November 3, 2023

Discrimination Financial Assistance Program Weekly Update

Program News and Notes

Have you wondered what happens after you apply? An overview of how applications are processed and reviewed is available on the Discrimination Financial Assistance Program website.

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Recent News

Assistance for American Indian and Alaska Native Producers to Apply for USDA Discrimination Financial Assistance Program 

Press Release

The Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) is encouraging all Native producers to apply who believe they experienced discrimination by USDA-FSA loan programs before January 1, 2021. To facilitate the application process, USDA is offering multiple submission methods, including digital applications through an online portal, or traditional hardcopy submissions via mail or hand-delivery to regional processing centers, however, producers are strongly encouraged to use the online portal, when possible, to ensure a smooth and error-free submission process.

"Applying for financial assistance is not just about securing support," said Kari Jo Lawrence, IAC's Chief Executive Officer. "It's about empowering Native producers and ensuring they are recognized for their contributions in agriculture."  

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Local Office Opening

As part of an effort to reach as many agricultural producers as possible who may be eligible for the program, local brick-and-mortar offices are being opened across the country to ensure easy access and personalized assistance.

A new office is now open in South Carolina. 

South Carolina Office 

140 Stoneridge Drive

Suite 430

Columbia, SC 29210

(Now open) 


The offices are one part of a comprehensive outreach process that is designed so that farmers and ranchers have multiple options to gain assistance at no cost. Producers also have the option to file applications online at, by mail, or by turning in applications at the brick-and-mortar offices.

Visit the program website to find your nearest local office.

Southwest Hay Ag Assembly 

On Saturday, November 11, the Southwest Hay Ag Assembly will feature speakers on USDA and FSA ongoing programs, including DFAP. Time and location information are included below.

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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