Blog | September 21, 2020

Resources for Farmers Affected by 2020 West Coast Wildfires

Wildfires across the West Coast are the latest disaster to affect farmers this year. The fires have razed farms; destroying crops, structures and homes. It’s created unsafe conditions for farmers, ranchers, and farmworkers who are forced to continue to work in these conditions in order to provide food for others. For some family farmers and ranchers already teetering on the edge from years of low prices and effects of COVID-19, this latest disaster is the last thing they need.

If you’ve been impacted by this recent disaster, there are a number of national and state assistance programs that can provide support.

Resources for Farmers Affected by Wildfires:

Please take a look at our Resource Guide for Disaster Assistance, which covers everything from who to contact, to what to document if you’ve been impacted by a disaster.

Our friends at Organic Seed Alliance also have a list of resources for supporting seed growers affected by the wildfires.

For Farmers in California:

Our friends at California Climate & Agriculture Network compiled a great list of resources below:

Financial aid for wildfire-related losses:

  • United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) has various disaster assistance and low-interest loan programs, including Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance (NAP), Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP), Emergency Loan Programs and more. Learn more here and contact your local FSA office for more information.
  • Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) Resources for disaster recovery
  • CCOF Bricmont Hardship Assistance Fund
  • FEMA Assistance: For those affected by the Northern California Fires in Lake, Monterey, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma or Yolo Counties, FEMA assistance is available for housing and unemployment assistance and more. To begin the processApply online with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) OR Call 800-621-FEMA (3362) or 800-462-7585 (TTY). Undocumented immigrants may be eligible for resources and services
    For information, download the Guide to Disaster Assistance Services for Immigrant Californians (English / Spanish) from the California Department of Social Services website.

Wildfire preparation resources:

You can always call Farm Aid:

We know that navigating these programs can be overwhelming as you work to rebuild. Please know that you can call 1-800-FARM-AID at any time if you need emotional support or help with the details. Farm Aid can put you in touch with someone near you to help you figure things out. You can also visit Farm Aid’s Resource Guide for Farm Crisis Support for additional information. For more info on a wide array of disaster resources, visit FLAG’s Disaster/Risk Management site.

We work to keep this page up-to-date. If you know of additional resources you can share with us, please email farmhelp@farmaid.org or call our hotline at 1-800-FARMAID.

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