NAAF on Announcement of USDA Discrimination Financial Assistance Application Process

NAAF on Announcement of USDA Discrimination Financial Assistance Application Process

Jul 7, 2023

For far too long, the original stewards of the land have been navigating a landscape of systemic bias, and those persistent barriers have created insurmountable challenges for Native producers. Today’s announcement of financial assistance for those who have faced discrimination is a crucial step towards accountability and a shift towards improving services within USDA lending programs, creating more equitable opportunities for Native agriculture to thrive. NAAF is grateful for the work of a trusted support network, including our partners at the Intertribal Agriculture Council, working together to ensure that Native American farmers have fair access to this application process.

– Toni Stanger-McLaughlin, CEO of Native American Agriculture Fund

What is Section 22007 of the Inflation Reduction Act?

Section 22007 of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) provides financial assistance for farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners who experienced discrimination by USDA in USDA’s farm lending prior to January 1, 2021.

Who is eligible to apply?

The ability to qualify for financial assistance is available for individuals who experienced discrimination, prior to January 1, 2021, by the USDA in its farm lending programs, which are currently administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA).

Where do you apply?

The Application includes step-by-step directions and a list of documents that are either required or recommended at each step. There are multiple ways that you can submit an Application, visit to learn more.

When is the deadline?

October 31, 2023

Beware of Scams:

Beware of potential scams and avoid giving out personal identifying information to parties that are unknown. Some individuals and groups have been spreading misleading information about the Program. Filing an Application is free, you do not need a lawyer to apply and the program staff can provide FREE help.

Intertribal Agriculture Council to Provide Direct Assistance for Tribal Producers Throughout Application Period