Attention Black farmers: You may be eligible for the Black farmers fund, from the Discrimination Financial Assistance Program which is being funded by the Inflation Reduction Act. The Inflation Reduction Act contains an assistance fund for farmers who were discriminated against. This fund has $2.2b to cover 75 million applicants and covers anyone who can provide proof that they were discriminated against by the federal government. You can only apply up to October 31st, 2023 through the 40 page application which started on July 7th.
Black farmers can finally make claims for $2.2B USDA program
The Biden administration opened its $2.2 billion relief plan for Black farmers and others who’ve faced discrimination from USDA programs.
Originally reported: https://thegrio.com/
Photo credits: Norman Greer (right) and William Ballard (left) repair a grain table on Greer’s farm as the threat of rain delays their plans to harvest soybeans on Oct. 11, 2021 in Princeton, Indiana. Greer is one of two full-time Black farmers who still farm in Lyles Station, a region of Indiana once dominated by Black farmers. Black farms in the U.S. once numbered nearly a million, but now there are fewer than 36,000, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s latest farm census. Racist practices by the USDA, which provides farmers with loans to carry them from planting to harvest, have been blamed for some of that loss. The government is attempting to make amends with a provision in the pandemic relief bill that provides for debt forgiveness to help farmers of color. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images)