NRCS provides technical and financial assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and other conservation programs to help producers recover and build resilience to better weather future disasters. EQIP provides agricultural producers with financial resources and one-on-one help to plan and implement improvements on the land. While not established specifically for disaster response, the program can assist with immediate recovery needs and provide long-term support to help conserve natural resources.
FSA's Emergency Conservation Program provides funding and technical assistance for farmers and ranchers to rehabilitate farmland and conservation practicesdamaged by natural disasters.
RMA has several insurance programs available. Producers with federal crop insurance should contact their agent for issues regarding filing claims. Those who purchased crop insurance will be paid for covered losses. Producers should report crop damage within 72 hours of damage discovery and follow up in writing within 15 days.
FSA’s Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program protects non-insurable crops against natural disasters that result in lower yields, crop losses or prevented planting. Eligible producers must have purchased NAP coverage for current year crops.
Preventing Future Losses
Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Program’s floodplain easement component allows USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to acquire permanent easements on private land, or certain land owned by units of state and local governments, that have been damaged by flooding at least once in the last 12 months or twice in the past 10 years. Once the easements have been established, NRCS will fund conservation work necessary to restore the land to its natural state.
Restoring floodplains to a natural state ensures they function properly – conserving and improving fish and wildlife habitat, water quality, flood water retention, ground water recharge, and open space; reducing long-term federal disaster assistance; and safeguarding lives and property from floods, drought, and erosion. Landowners retain several rights to the property.
USDA also offers local governments and other entities with rebuilding infrastructure and removing debris. The NRCS Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program provides assistance to local government sponsors with the cost of addressing watershed impairments or hazards like debris removal and streambank stabilization. NRCS works in partnership with other federal agencies and may only work within the EWP authorities. Levee repair on large rivers such as the Arkansas River are outside of the scope of EWP. Interested entities should contact their local NRCS conservationist.
ANRC Floodplain Management is available to assist communities and counties by providing Substantial Damage Estimate Training and Flood Recovery Workshops. If your community would be interested in either the training or hosting a workshop, please contact the Floodplain Management Division at 501-682-1611.