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Missouri tornado relief - USDA programs for farmers

Missouri tornado relief - USDA programs for farmers

By Blake Jackson

Missouri farmers impacted by recent tornadoes can access USDA disaster assistance programs. The Farm Service Agency (FSA) offers financial aid for livestock loss (LIP), feed loss (ELAP), and tree or plant rehabilitation (TAP). Producers should contact their local FSA office to report damages and apply by the program deadlines.

USDA loans can also help farmers recover. Emergency loans provide low-interest financing to cover production losses, property replacement, and living expenses. Additionally, the Farm Storage Facility Loan Program can help repair or rebuild storage facilities.

For crop losses, farmers with federal crop insurance or NAP coverage should report the damage to their agent or FSA office within the designated timeframe.

USDA also offers conservation programs to help restore damaged land. The Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) and Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP) provide financial and technical assistance for repairs and debris removal.

Additionally, the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) helps with conservation practices on affected land.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) offers technical guidance throughout the recovery process. They can assess damages and develop plans for land restoration.

Finally, the Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program helps local governments address hazards caused by the disaster. This program assists with debris removal, streambank stabilization, and other recovery efforts. Eligible sponsors, such as cities and counties, can receive up to 75% of the eligible construction costs.

By utilizing these USDA programs, Missouri farmers can receive financial and technical assistance to recover from storm damage and rebuild their operations.

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