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USDA Fire Loss Programs

USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) offers disaster assistance and low-interest loan programs to assist agricultural producers in their recovery efforts following wildfires or other qualifying natural disasters. Available programs and loans include:

 

  • Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP)

 

    1. - provides financial assistance to producers of non-insurable crops when low yields, loss of inventory, or prevented planting occur due to natural disasters including excessive wind and qualifying drought (includes native grass for grazing). Eligible producers must have purchased NAP coverage for 2017 crops. A notice of loss must be filed within 15 calendar days of when the loss is apparent or 15 calendar days after the normal harvest date.

 

  • Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP)

 

    1. - offers payments to eligible producers for livestock death losses in excess of normal mortality due to adverse weather. Eligible losses may include those determined by FSA to have been caused by hurricanes, floods, blizzards, wildfires, tropical storms, tornados lightning, extreme heat, and extreme cold. Producers will be required to provide verifiable documentation of death losses resulting from an eligible adverse weather event and must submit a notice of loss to their local FSA office within 30 calendar days of when the loss of livestock is apparent.

 

  • Tree Assistance Program (TAP)

 

  1. – provides assistance to eligible orchardists and nursery tree growers for qualifying tree, shrub and vine losses due to natural disasters including excessive wind and qualifying drought.

 

  • Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP)

 

    1. - provides emergency relief for losses due to feed or water shortages, disease, adverse weather, or other conditions, which are not adequately addressed by other disaster programs. ELAP covers physically damaged or destroyed livestock feed that was purchased or mechanically harvested forage or feedstuffs intended for use as feed for the producer's eligible livestock. In order to be considered eligible, harvested forage must be baled; forage that is only cut, raked or windrowed is not eligible. ELAP also covers up to 150 lost grazing days in instances when a producer has been forced to remove livestock from a grazing pasture due to wildfire and for beekeepers, ELAP covers beehive losses (the physical structure) in instances where the hive has been destroyed by a natural disaster including flooding, high winds and tornadoes. Producers must submit a notice of loss to their local FSA office within 30 calendar days of when the loss is apparent.

 

  • Emergency Loan Program

 

    1. – available to producers with agriculture operations located in a county under a primary or contiguous Presidential or Secretarial disaster designation. These low interest loans help producers recover from production and physical losses.

 

  • Emergency Conservation Program (ECP)

 

    1. - provides emergency funding for farmers and ranchers to rehabilitate land severely damaged by natural disasters; includes fence loss.

 

  • HayNet

 

  1. - is an Internet-based Hay and Grazing Net Ad Service allowing farmers and ranchers to share ‘Need Hay' ads and ‘Have Hay' ads online. Farmers also can use another feature to post advertisements for grazing land, specifically ads announcing the availability of grazing land or ads requesting a need for land to graze. www.fsa.usda.gov/haynet.

www.fsa.usda.gov/disaster

For more information on these programs, visit FSA online at www.fsa.usda.gov.

 

To find a local FSA office near you, visit

http://offices.usda.gov.

 

USDA is an equal opportunity lender, provider and employer.

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Posted on Thursday, December 28, 2017 at 10:48 AM
Tags: assistance (2), Farm Service Agency (1), fire (29), FSA (1), loans (2), recovery (8), Thomas (8), USDA (3)

Fire Disaster Workshop for ALL Ventura/Santa Barbara Producers

The USDA's Farm Service Agency and Natural Resources Conservation Service will have workshops to aid agricultural producers; including cattle, tree, nursery, vegetable, and berry farmers in filing for federal assistance programs.  Appointments can be arranged now for filing applications during these workshops.

 

The California Avocado Commission and University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) are coordinating with the USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) the availability of field appointments for growers who have been impacted by the Thomas Fire. Personnel from both FSA and NRCS will be available to assist growers with the necessary paperwork to apply for federal assistance.

Currently, two days of appointments are available (information below). To schedule an appointment for either of the following two days, please call (805) 645-1434.

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017
Santa Paula Agriculture Museum
926 Railroad Ave, Santa Paula
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017
University of California Cooperative Extension
669 County Square Drive Suite #100, Ventura
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Federal relief personnel will be available to assist growers with the paperwork, and growers are asked to provide the following information:

  • Business entity information (e.g. individual, limited liability corporation, etc.)
  • Social Security Number and/or Employer Identification Number
  • Location/size of the farm
  • Extent of damage

In addition, as we reported yesterday, it's important that California avocado industry members who have been impacted by the recent wildfires and/or Santa Ana winds contact their crop insurance agent within 72 hours of the event to determine possible applicable coverage. Both fire and wind events may be included in certain crop insurance coverage, but agents must be notified within 72 hours.

Below, again, is a list of potential FSA programs that may provide disaster assistance to those avocado growers affected by the wildfires:

  • The Tree Assistance Program provides financial assistance to qualifying orchardists to help them replant or rehabilitate trees damaged by natural disasters (separate from crop insurance).
  • The Emergency Conservation Program offers funding and technical assistance to growers to help them rehabilitate land damaged by natural disasters. This program may provide cost share assistance for debris removal, land leveling and shaping, irrigation replacement, and cattle fencing.
  • Emergency loans are available to producers located in counties that receive a primary or contiguous disaster designation.

Remember, if you are an impacted grower you are asked to contact both FSA and your county agricultural commissioner's office as follows:

USDA-Farm Service Agency

Santa Barbara/Ventura County
Daisy Banda
Key Program Technician
Daisy.Banda@ca.usda.gov
805-928-9269 Ex.2

Riverside/San Diego Counties
Desiree Garza
County Executive Director
desiree.garza@ca.usda.gov
760-347-3675 ext. 107

Ventura County
Korinne Bell, Chief Deputy Agricultural Commissioner, Korinne.Bell@ventura.org
Henry Gonzalez, Agricultural Commissioner, Henry.Gonzales@ventura.org
(805) 388-4343, Ext. 2

Santa Barbara County
Debbie Trupe, Deputy Agricultural Commissioner, dtrupe@agcommissioner.com
Stephanie Stark, Deputy Agricultural Commissioner, sstark@agcommissioner.com
(805) 681-5600

San Diego County
Vince Acosta, Information Technology Principal, vince.acosta@sdcounty.ca.gov
(858) 967-8623

Riverside County
Ron Bray, Assistant Agricultural Commission, RBray@RIVCO.ORG
(951) 955-3000

A complete list of FSA disaster assistance programs can be found online. For more information about available disaster assistance programs, contact your local U.S. Department of Agriculture office. You can find your local USDA service center by clicking on this link.

Tom Bellamore, President
Ken Melban, Vice President of Industry Affairs
California Avocado Commission

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Posted on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 12:45 PM
Tags: assistance (2), damage (23), fire (29), flood (2), usda (3), wind (5)
 
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