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Midwest storm disaster relief available to farm families


As farmers and ranchers in the Midwest deal with the impact of historic flooding, many farm groups are doing what they can to provide relief. Farm and ranch families in Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, and Wisconsin can now access much-needed financial relief following the devastating spring floods in the Midwest. Farm Aid has activated their Family Farm Disaster Fund to provide aid to family farmers in the affected region.

Farm Aid is partnering with National Farmers Union to distribute emergency relief grants to help farmers meet household expenses. Families who rely on farming for their income, live in the declared disaster areas, and are experiencing hardship as a result of the storm are encouraged to complete an application, even if other relief such as crop insurance or FEMA funds have been made available. Any family farmers who have been impacted are welcome to apply.

While there is no deadline to apply, applications are reviewed as they are received and there is a finite amount of funding available. Applications will be reviewed by a team of NFU staff and representatives from your state. Approval is based on the applicant qualifying as a family farm and demonstrating economic loss.

Applications are available online on their website. Successful applicants will receive a one-time $500 emergency relief payment.

The criteria by which the applicants will be assessed are as follows:

  • Family farms within the covered geographic area; and
  • Severity of the loss caused by flooding, snowstorm, or other weather related disaster.

Please call Tom Bryant at (202) 554-1600 with any questions or to have an application mailed to your address.

Donations to support these efforts can be made to Farm Aid’s Family Farm Disaster Fund on their website. Every dollar raised for the Family Farm Disaster Fund enables Farm Aid to directly address the needs of affected farmers and ranchers.

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