Disaster Assistance Available for Producers Impacted by Wildfires and Drought
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has made technical and financial assistance available to California producers affected by the ongoing, severe drought and recent wildfires. Below is a summary of available assistance programs.
- Tree Assistance Program — provides financial assistance to eligible producers to plant or rehabilitate trees lost by natural disasters.
- Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program — provides financial assistance to producers of noninsurable crops when low yields, loss of inventory or prevented planting occur due to a natural disaster
- Farm Loans — a variety of farm loans, including those for operating and emergency farm loans, are available for producers unable to secure commercial financing.
- Emergency Loans — helps eligible growers recover from sustained losses due to natural disasters in counties with a primary or contiguous disaster designation
- Emergency Conservation Program — assists producers repair damage caused by natural disasters and put in place water conservation methods during severe drought
The USDA recommends that growers who have Federal Crop Insurance or FSA’s NAP report their crop damage to their crop insurance agent or local FSA office immediately.