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Money available for farmers who experienced lending discrimination

Money available for farmers who experienced lending discrimination

Through Jan. 13, farmers, forest landowners and ranchers who have experienced discrimination in farm lending from the U.S. Department of Agriculture can apply for financial assistance. 

Funding comes from the $2.2 billion federal Discrimination Financial Assistance Program, created through the Inflation Reduction Act signed in August 2022. To be eligible, applicants must have experienced discrimination by USDA farm loan programs prior to Jan. 1, 2021, or currently hold or have inherited USDA farm loan debt that was subject to USDA discriminatory lending.

The application is free and does not require a lawyer to file. Free, confidential technical assistance is available from the USDA. For more information, an application and a map of county offices in North Carolina, visit

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