Drought, Fire, Flood, Disaster Relief and Resiliency Programs

This page is useful to find funding resources for disaster relief and farm resiliency through federal and state programs. 

 

State Programs - disaster relief for losses

Oregon Drought and Disaster Assistance Program (fact sheet): Loan forgiveness program for farmers in Oregon that experienced economic hardship from a natural disaster in 2021. These funds are best for farmers that have 2017-2019 Schedule F (learn about Schedule F) paperwork to determine a 3-year baseline farm gross income. However, If farmers do not have a schedule F for those years, farmers can use 2020 Schedule F or National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) to help determine a 3-year baseline. Program opening spring 2022. The maximum forgivable loan will not exceed $125,000 or 90% of farm 3-year baseline income. Historically underserved producers by USDA definition are eligible for a loan up to $150,000 or 95% of baseline and demonstrate a 5% loss. Program closed June 3.

Farmer & Rancher Disaster Relief Grant Program: This grant program was created for farms who are not eligible for, or cannot feasibly apply for, federal disaster relief and/or a forgivable loan from the Oregon Disaster Assistance Program. Applicants must be small-scale farmers and ranchers who are actively working the land located within the state of Oregon, derive a portion of their income from their own farm business, and are involved in the day-to-day operations of the farm. Preference will be given to farmers and ranchers from populations historically experiencing the greatest systemic inequities and who are most likely to fall through the cracks of our traditional safety nets. For this reason, farmers of color, immigrant farmers, and undocumented farmers will be given preference, but we encourage all farmers to apply. The maximum grant size is $30,000, and the program is currently open to apply. Round 3 open until July 4.

Informational Sessions for ODAP Loan Forgiveness and Farmer and Rancher Grant Program: Watch Recording Here

 

Federal Programs - disaster relief, for losses

Disaster Assistance Discovery Tool: Use this tool to determine which USDA disaster program is best fitting for a farm.

Farm Service Agency (FSA)

Programs farmers can apply for 2021 losses based on due dates:

  • Livestock Indemnity Program:  Benefits to eligible livestock owners or contract growers for livestock deaths in excess of normal mortality. An owner or contract grower must file a notice of loss within 30 calendar days of when the loss of livestock is first apparent as well as file an application for payment within 60 calendar days after the end of the calendar year in which the eligible loss condition occurred.
  • Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP): Provides payments to eligible owners of nonindustrial private forest land in order to carry out emergency measures to restore land damaged by a natural disaster. Owners should check with their local FSA office to find out about sign-up periods after a natural disaster.
  • Tree Assistance Program (TAP): provides financial assistance to eligible orchardists and nursery tree growers to replant or rehabilitate eligible trees, bushes, and vines lost by natural disasters. Apply within 90 calendar days of the disaster event or the date when the loss is apparent to the producer.
  • Emergency Conservation Program: Provides emergency funding and technical assistance to farmers and ranchers to rehabilitate farmland and conservation structures damaged by natural disasters and implement emergency water conservation measures in periods of severe drought. The county FSA office will provide guidance on the approval process and next steps.
  • Emergency Farm Loan Program: Emergency loan for farms that own/operate a farm in a county that has deemed a natural disaster, a permanent citizen of the U.S., suffered 30% loss from a natural disaster, have repayment ability and have a credible credit history. Applications for emergency loans must be received within eight months of the county’s disaster or quarantine designation date.
  • Disaster Set-Aside Program: As a direct result of the disaster, the borrower is unable to pay all family living and farm operating expenses, payments to other creditors, and payments to FSA. The borrower must be current or not more than 90 days past due on any FSA loan when the application is completed.

Programs that farmers can apply for 2022 losses based on due dates

  • Livestock Forage Disaster Program: Livestock growers of eligible livestock and raise forage or suffered a loss of grazed forage and experienced economic hardship from a natural disaster. Eligible livestock producers who are also producers of grazed forage crop acreage must provide a completed application for payment and required supporting documentation to their FSA office within 30 calendar days after the end of the calendar year in which the grazing loss occurred.
  • ELAP: Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program:  Provides financial assistance to eligible producers of livestock, honeybees and farm-raised fish for losses due to disease, certain adverse weather events or loss conditions, including blizzards and wildfires. ELAP assistance is provided for losses not covered by other disaster assistance programs. The ELAP application period ends Dec. 31 of each calendar year. For honeybee losses, 15 days after loss is apparent and for Livestock and farm-raised fish losses, 30 days after loss is apparent. 

Small Business Administration

Farm Resilience Programs -- these programs are not for disaster relief but can provide financial support for farmers to be more resilient during future disasters.

  • Ask an Expert Short Video Introductions: These short videos introduce many organizations that work with farmers to help find land, find funding for farm operations or integrate conservation efforts on your farm.
  • NRCS Farmer Programs by County
  • Conservation Reserve Program (fact sheet): In exchange for a yearly rental payment, farmers enrolled in the program agree to remove environmentally sensitive land from agricultural production and plant species that will improve environmental health and quality. Contracts for land enrolled in CRP are from 10 to15 years in length. 
  • Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP): Provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers and non-industrial forest managers to address natural resource concerns and deliver environmental benefits such as improved water and air quality, conserved ground and surface water, increased soil health and reduced soil erosion and sedimentation, improved or created wildlife habitat, and mitigation against drought and increasing weather volatility. To learn more about EQIP, contact your local NRCS office. An NRCS conservationist will visit you and evaluate the natural resources on your land. NRCS will then present a variety of conservation practices or system alternatives to help you address those concerns or management goals that improve or protect the natural resource conditions on your land. Historically underserved (HU) participants are eligible for advance payments to help offset costs related to purchasing materials or contracting services through EQIP.
  • Emergency Watershed Protection Program: The EWP Program allows communities to quickly protect infrastructure and land from additional flooding and soil erosion. EWP does not require a disaster declaration by federal or state government officials for program assistance to begin. Recovery projects begin with a local sponsor or legal subdivision of state or tribal government. Eligible sponsors include cities, counties, towns, conservation districts, or any federally-recognized Native American tribe or tribal organization. Interested public and private landowners must work through a sponsor.
  • Agricultural Conservation Easement Program: The Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) protects the agricultural viability and related conservation values of eligible land by limiting nonagricultural uses which negatively affect agricultural uses and conservation values, protect grazing uses and related conservation values by restoring or conserving eligible grazing land, and protecting and restoring and enhancing wetlands on eligible land. To learn more, contact your local NRCS office. An NRCS conservationist will visit you and evaluate your land to help you determine eligibility for the various components of ACEP. 
  • Western SARE Grants: The Farmer/Rancher grant program involves agricultural producers (main applicants) and technical advisor(s) implementing projects to address identified needs in sustainable agriculture. With the support and guidance of the technical advisor, producers must integrate research and education to conduct on-site/on-farm experiments to improve production, marketing, and the environment.

USDA Crop Insurance, Whole Farm Revenue Program: Whole-Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) provides a risk management safety net for all commodities on the farm under one insurance policy.