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USDA Announces Assistance for Farmers, Ranchers and Communities Affected by Recent Storms and Flooding in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas

Contact:
Amy Robertson
318-473-7762


To help residents, farmers, and ranchers affected by the devastation caused by recent storms and flooding in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has directed the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to aid recovery efforts. USDA staff in the regional, state, and county offices are responding and providing a variety of program flexibilities and other assistance to residents, agricultural producers, and affected communities.

"USDA is there to help producers and rural Americans impacted by the severe rain, storms and flooding in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas. We want you and your communities to know that USDA stands with you and the thousands of farming families that feed and fuel America,” said Secretary Vilsack. “To find out what assistance might be available to you, visit farmers.gov or your local USDA Service Center."

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) can provide financial resources through its Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to help with immediate needs and long-term support to help recover from natural disasters and conserve water resources. NRCS can also assist local government entities with the cost of recovery efforts like debris removal and streambank stabilization to address natural resource concerns and hazards through the Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP).

On farmers.gov, the Disaster Assistance Discovery ToolDisaster-at-a-Glance fact sheet (PDF, 4.7 MB), and Farm Loan Discovery Tool can help producers and landowners determine program or loan options. For information about NRCS programs contact your local USDA Service Center.