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October 20, 2023

Discrimination Financial Assistance Program Weekly Update

Program News and Notes

A frequently asked question by potential applicants is, “If I prevailed in a prior discrimination case against USDA, am I still eligible for the Discrimination Financial Assistance Program?”

The answer is yes. Any individuals who experienced discrimination in USDA’s farm lending programs prior to January 1, 2021 or are currently debtors with assigned or assumed USDA farm lending debt that was the subject of USDA discrimination that occurred prior to January 1, 2021 may apply.

There have been several prior cases and matters addressing discrimination in USDA farm loan programs. These include the cases commonly known as Pigford 1; In Re Black Farmers Discrimination Litigation (BFDL or Pigford 2); Keepseagle; and Hispanic and Women Farmers and Ranchers Claim Resolution Process (HWFRCP) / Love / Garcia. People who prevailed and obtained money or loan forgiveness in these cases or claims processes are eligible for this program. 

An extensive Q&A is available on the program website here.

The program call center (1-800-721-0970) is also available from 8 a.m. ET to 8 p.m. PT, every day except federal holidays to answer questions.

Western Navajo Fair

Held annually in October, Western Navajo Fair is considered the “Grand Finale” of the Navajo Nation Fairs. The Western Navajo Fair is located in Tuba City, Arizona, the heart of the Navajo Nation. DFAP staff will be present to provide program information and answer questions.

October 19-22, 2023

Western Navajo Fairgrounds 

Tuba City, AZ 

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FSA Records Deadline

In case you missed it - the deadline to request records from USDA’s Farm Service Agency for use in applications has been extended to Friday, Nov. 3, 2023. The 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.

Promotional Resources

Want to help us get the word out? Find resources here or email [email protected] to request materials.

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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