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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 call one of the following hotlines for information about assistance in your specific area.

Texas (Hurricane Harvey) Hotline: 1-888-489-8732

Caribbean (Hurricanes Irma and Maria) Bi-Lingual Hotline: 787-303-0341 (Asistencia para desasteres Línea Directa para productores afectados para el huracán María) 

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Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) 

Farmers, ranchers, and non-industrial private forestland owners can apply for resource assistance through EQIP.  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

EWP can help communities restore damaged and destroyed infrastructure.  Through the program, NRCS works with local government entities and Tribes in impacted areas to remove debris, stabilize streambanks and fix water control structures, among other practices.

NRCS staff coordinate with local state partners to complete damage assessments in preparation for sponsor assistance requests. Requests for assistance must be made within 60 days of the storm event. EWP can pay up to 75 percent of the cost of emergency measures.

General EWP Requirements:

  • Designed to protect what structures are still intact but may be threatened due to soil erosion and barren soil.
  • Eminent threat to life and property.
  • Local sponsor is willing and able to represent the local community.
  • Must be demonstrated that all local financial resources have been utilized.

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

November 27, 2017 -USDA-NRCS in Georgia Announces Special Sign-up to Assist Those Affected by Hurricane Irma

Nov 21 2017 - USDA Provides More Than $10 Million to Help Caribbean Area Farmers Recover Following Hurricanes

Nov 7, 2017- USDA NRCS Fire-Recovery Programs Continue in California

Oct 30, 2017 USDA Sends Team to Help Impacted Communities, Producers in Caribbean

Oct 20, 2017 USDA Offers Opportunities to Help California Producers Rebuild and Recover; Assessments Underway

Sep 8, 2017 USDA Stands Ready to Assist Texas Farmers and Ranchers Recover From Hurricane Harvey

Sep 6, 2017 Assistance Available for Flood Damaged Ag Land through NRCS