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Disaster Recovery Assistance

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From floods to drought, fire or hurricanes, NRCS provides disaster recovery assistance to farmers, ranchers, landowners and communities through a variety of USDA programs.

If you are an agricultural producer affected by a disaster, please contact your local USDA service center for information about assistance in your specific area.

Producer Assistance Community Assistance

Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) 

Farmers, ranchers, and non-industrial private forestland owners can apply for resource assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program.  Eligible land includes cropland, rangeland, and non-industrial private forestland. Recovery assistance includes but is not limited to: immediate soil erosion protection, minimizing noxious and invasive plant proliferation, protecting water quality, restoring livestock infrastructure necessary for grazing management, emergency animal mortality management.


Other USDA Assistance

USDA’s Farm Service Agency offers a wide range of disaster assistance programs, and USDA’s Risk Management Agency oversees the federal crop insurance program that supports the nation’s farmers and ranchers in difficult times.

For a complete listing of disaster assistance available from USDA agencies, please go to USDA Disaster Resource Center.

Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Program

When natural disasters strike, the Emergency Watershed Protection Program offers vital recovery options for local communities to help people reduce hazards to life and property caused by floodwaters, droughts, wildfires, earthquakes, windstorms, and other natural disasters.

Project funds address erosion related watershed impairments by supporting activities such as removing debris from stream channels, road culverts, and bridges; reshaping and protecting eroded banks; correcting damaged drainage facilities; repairing levees and structures; and reseeding damaged areas.


Technical Assistance

NRCS can also assist impacted communities by providing technical information to help them repair damaged farms and ranches NRCS conservationists can offer advice on preventing erosion, covering and protecting exposed soil, directing water away from areas vulnerable to erosion, and more.

Other Disaster Resources
State Disaster Resources Disasters in the News

Nov. 8, 2018 Additional USDA Disaster Assistance Workshops Set for Hurricane Michael Recovery

Nov. 7, 2019 Additional Assistance Available for Hurricane Damaged Ag and Forest Land through NRCS

Oct. 26, 2018 Assistance Available through NRCS for Ag Land Damaged by Hurricane Michael

Oct. 26, 2018 USDA Assistance Available to Restore Infrastructure Damaged by Hurricane Florence

Oct. 18, 2018 USDA Provides Hurricane Michael Victims Needed Relief and Recovery Aid

Oct. 17, 2018 Assistance Available for 7 Additional Georgia Counties due to Hurricane Michael (Georgia)

Oct. 16, 2018 Assistance Available for Hurricane Damaged Ag Land through NRCS

Oct. 12, 2018 NRCS Offers Hurricane Disaster Assistance to Alabama Landowners 

Oct. 9, 2018 USDA Prepared to Respond to Hurricane Michael

Sept. 21, 2018 USDA Provides Hurricane Florence Victims Needed Relief and Recovery Aid