What is in this article?:
- USDA to assist growers facing extreme weather
- Emergency loans offered
• Secreary Vilsack said USDA would work to offer flexibility to producers and encouraged them to contact their local county or state USDA Service Center or Farm Service Agency office for assistance.
Emergency loans offered
USDA has also offered more than $30 million in emergency loans to help about 280 producers recover from production and physical losses due to disaster.
To provide producers additional flexibility, USDA has contacted all current loan-holders in disaster affected counties and offered them the opportunity for a ‘disaster set-aside’ — permission to put off their next annual payment to the final year of their loan. So far, 230 producers are taking advantage of this option.
USDA is also working to rebuild local economies by making housing and business assistance programs available to help finance repair and replacement of homes and businesses in rural communities.
To help feed families in need during the recovery efforts, USDA is also providing nearly $149 million in Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits to more than 1.1 million individuals in 466,080 households in 11 States.
USDA has also made available about $27 million in financial and technical assistance to help 25 states restore damaged and flooded land by assisting with debris removal and other repairs.
To ensure assistance quickly got to those in need, USDA provided funds immediately to states to enable the states to respond quickly to any urgent needs.
USDA reminds producers affected by extreme weather that resources are available to cover losses, including losses to livestock, crops, orchard trees, and private forests.
Types of USDA assistance to farmers and ranchers may include the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program (SURE), federal crop insurance, and the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program.
USDA continues working with state and local officials, as well as our federal partners, to make sure people have the necessary resources to recover from these challenges.
To find the USDA Service Center nearest you, please visit http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app?state=us&agency=fsa.
To learn more about USDA’s disaster assistance, please visit www.usda.gov/disaster.