Federal assistance offered to state farmers, animal producers affected by fires, thirst | Corning Observer
California’s agricultural operations have been heavily affected by wildfires and ongoing, severe droughts. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has technical and financial assistance available to assist farmers and livestock producers.
Affected manufacturers should contact their local USDA Service Center to report losses and learn more about the program options available to assist their recovery from crops, soil, infrastructure. and animal losses and damage.
“Agricultural production is vital to California’s economy, and the USDA is ready to help with recovery from these fires and severe drought conditions,” said Gloria Montaño Greene, deputy under secretary of Farm Production and Conservation. “I assure you that USDA employees are working diligently to deliver FPAC’s broad portfolio of disaster relief programs and services to all those affected by agriculture.”
USDA Disaster Assistance for Wildfire and Drought Recovery
Manufacturers who experience animal deaths due to fires may be eligible for the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP).
Meanwhile, for both fire and thirst recovery, the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) provides eligible producers with compensation for feed losses as well as water hauling costs associated with hauling water to cattle. For ELAP, notices of losses must be filed within 30 days and honeybee losses within 15 days.
Cattle producers may also be eligible for the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) for 2021 wild losses due to thirst. LFP benefits can be used for loss of recreational graves due to fires on federally managed lands where a manufacturer, by a federal agency, prohibits from breeding that is normally allowed on animals. The FSA maintains a list of counties eligible for the LFP and makes updates every Thursday.
Additionally, eligible orchardists and nursery tree growers may be eligible for cost-sharing assistance through the Tree Assistance Program (TAP) to replant or rehabilitate eligible trees, bushe or vine lost during thirst. It complements the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) or harvest insurance coverage, which covers the harvest but not the plants or trees in all cases. For TAP, an application must be filed within 90 days.
“Once you’ve been able to safely assess the fire or thirst effect of your operation, be sure to contact your local FSA office to report a timely report of all damage, infrastructure and farm losses,” says Jacque Johnson, acting state director for the Farm Service Agency in California. “To expedite FSA disaster assistance, you will likely need to provide documents, such as farm records, herd inventory, receipts and photos of injuries or losses”
The FSA also offers a variety of direct and guaranteed farm loans, including operational and emergency farm loans, to producers who cannot guarantee commercial financing. Manufacturers in provinces with primary or contiguous disaster designations may be eligible for low-interest emergency loans to help them recover from production and physical losses. Loans can help producers exchange valuable assets, purchase inputs such as animals, equipment, feed and seeds, cover family living expenses or repay farm-related debts and other needs.
Manufacturers with risk protection through Federal Crop Insurance or the FSA’s NSA must report crop damage to their insurance agent or FSA office. If they have crop insurance, producers must report crop damage to their agent within 72 hours of damage detection and follow up in writing within 15 days. For NAP-covered crops, a Notice of Loss (CCC-576) must be filed within 15 days of the loss, except for hand crops, which must be reported within 72 hours.
Outside of the main nesting season, emergency and non-emergency haying and spawning Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres may be allowed to provide relief to animal producers in areas affected by severe drought or similar natural disasters. Manufacturers interested in haying or propagating CRP acres should contact their provincial FSA office to determine eligibility.
The Emergency Conservation Program and Emergency Forest Restoration Program can assist landowners and forest managers with financial and technical assistance to restore fences, damaged looted land or forests.
The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is always available to provide technical assistance to the recovery process by helping developers plan and implement conservation practices on affected farms, ranches and working forests. of natural disasters.
Long -term damage from wildfires and droughts includes loss of forage production in pastures and farms and increased wind erosion in farms not protected by soil health practices. Visit your local USDA Service Center to learn more about these effects, potential recovery tactics, and how to take steps to make your land more thirsty in the future.
Additional information can be found at farmers.gov, the Disaster Assistance Discovery Tool, Disaster Assistance-at-a-Glance fact sheet, and Farm Loan Discovery Toolcan that will help manufacturers and landowners determine options. program or loan. For assistance with a crop insurance claim, manufacturers and landowners should contact their insurance agent. For FSA and NRCS programs, they should contact their local USDA Service Center.