Inflation Reduction Act Assistance for Distressed Borrowers

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On August 16, 2022, President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) into law. Section 22006 of the IRA provided $3.1 billion for USDA to provide relief for distressed borrowers with certain Farm Service Agency (FSA) direct and guaranteed loans and to expedite assistance for those whose agricultural operations are at financial risk.   

USDA is implementing this provision with the goals of keeping borrowers farming, removing obstacles that currently prevent many borrowers from returning to their land, and improving the way that USDA approaches borrowing and loan servicing in the long-term.  For many farmers, including those who have been hard hit by pandemic-induced market disruptions exacerbated by more frequent, more intense, climate-driven natural disasters, this assistance is vital if they are to continue producing the food, fiber, and fuel that are essential to the well-being of not only our rural communities but our Nation as a whole. 

USDA has allocated up to $1.3 billion for initial steps to help distressed borrowers. This includes both automatic and case-by-case assistance. In total, between the IRA and pandemic assistance, about 35,000 distressed borrowers will benefit from assistance.

This program complements other assistance made possible through the IRA, including producers who experienced discrimination in USDA farm loan programs.

  • To learn more about the potential tax implications of USDA program payments please visit This webpage will continue to be updated with resources on the tax consequences of Section 22006 such as fact sheets and informational webinars.

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