After nearly a year of fighting for justice, minority farmers who were denied promised debt have a glimmer of hope. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the launch of the Discrimination Financial Assistance Program, opening the application process for eligible farmers who faced discrimination in USDA farm loan programs.
Farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners who experienced discrimination before January 1, 2021, or who currently have USDA farm loan debt affected by pre-2021 discrimination are eligible. The program offers financial relief of up to $500,000.
The development marks a pivotal step towards remedying decades of discrimination faced by farmers of color. Although previous legal challenges hindered relief efforts, the Biden administration’s determination led to this opportunity.
The USDA is accepting applications until October 31, with reviews and payment disbursements scheduled for November and December.
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