Arkansas Opens Local Office to Assist Farmers, USDA Discrimination Financial Assistance Program Applicants
Analytic Acquisitions announced the launch of a local office to assist eligible farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners in applying for the USDA's Discrimination Financial Assistance Program (DFAP). The Little Rock office opened Friday, August 4, and will remain open through Oct. 31, which is the application deadline.
Little Rock, AR (PRUnderground) August 23rd, 2023
“We understand the importance of providing in-person technical assistance to Arkansas producers applying for the USDA’s Discrimination Financial Assistance Program,” said Eric Singleton, Western Region spokesman for the Discrimination Financial Assistance Program and Analytic Acquisitions LLC. “At the Little Rock office, producers can find trained field agents who are ready to assist applicants with questions, accept applications from anyone who prefers to file a paper copy, and give farmers access to computers if they would like to use the e-filing portal.”
As part of an effort to reach as many agricultural producers as possible who may be eligible for the program, local brick-and-mortar offices are being opened across the country to ensure easy access and personalized assistance. The offices are one part of a comprehensive outreach process that is designed so that farmers and ranchers have multiple options to gain assistance at no cost. Producers also have the option to file applications online at 22007apply.gov, by mail, or by turning in applications at the brick-and-mortar offices.
The application period for this program is July 7 through October 31, 2023. Farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners are eligible to apply if they encountered discrimination by USDA in its farm loan programs before January 1, 2021, and/or currently hold assigned or assumed USDA farm loan debt that was subject to discrimination prior to January 1, 2021.
Anyone interested in applying or finding out more can visit the office in Little Rock, Ark., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, Monday – Friday (except for Federal holidays):
USDA Discrimination Financial Assistance Program – Arkansas Office
400 West Capitol Ave,
Little Rock, AR 72201
In addition to the physical office, application assistance teams are distributing information at community events and via webinars. Information about upcoming events can be found here.
The Discrimination Financial Assistance Program website offers an English- and Spanish-language application that can be downloaded or submitted electronically via an e-filing portal. Additionally, the site provides comprehensive information on obtaining in-person or virtual technical assistance, supplementary program resources, and detailed program guidelines. The program also offers a call center, 1-800-721-0970, which is open from 8 a.m. ET to 8 p.m. PT, seven days a week except for Federal holidays—the call center has English and Spanish-speaking agents.
USDA would like to emphasize that there is no charge associated with applying. Applicants are not required to retain an attorney, and USDA and the program administrators neither recommend nor discourage the use of specific attorneys or law firms. Applicants are urged to refer to the program’s fact sheet, available on the official website, for the program timeline and guidance on protecting against potential scams.
To implement the DFAP application process, the USDA has selected Analytic Acquisitions LLC to provide technical assistance and outreach in the western United States, in collaboration with community-based organizations. Other organizations are responsible for outreach in the eastern United States. More information about the program, including the organizations responsible for administration and outreach, can be found at 22007apply.gov.
Read USDA’s Press Release “Financial Assistance Application Process Opens for USDA Farm Loan Borrowers Who Have Faced Discrimination” here.
For media inquiries in Region-West (Analytic Acquisitions LLC), please contact:
Analytic Acquisitions LLC
Analytic Acquisitions LLC
Applications may be mailed to:
22007 Application Processing Center
Attn: Analytic Acquisitions
c/o DFAP Region 3
2524 N. Broadway
North Edmond, OK 73034
About Analytic Acquisitions
Analytic Acquisitions LLC is an official vendor for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Discrimination Financial Assistance Program in 27 states and territories west of the Mississippi River. Analytic Acquisitions is a Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB) and Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB). Our streamlined management team is responsive and is dedicated to empowering our staff with everything they need to deliver outstanding support to our clients. Analytic Acquisitions supports its clients in the areas of professional and legal services, information technology services, engineering, and facilities and logistics services.