USDA Opens Emergency Relief Program Enrollment
Natural disasters. It’s unfortunately something the southeast is well versed in. When it comes to what happened in 2022, the Department of Agriculture is now stepping in. They’ve announced that they will be providing more than $3 billion to commodity and specialty crop producers impacted by natural disasters last year.
Sound like something you’re interested in?
Eligible impacted producers can apply for financial assistance through the Emergency Relief Program 2022. The program will help offset the financial impacts of crop yield and value losses from qualifying disasters in 2022.
Farm Service Agency Administrator Zach Ducheneaux says, “2022 was another year of weather-related challenges — for some, the third consecutive year or more in a row.”
ERP 2022 covers losses to crops, trees, bushes and vines due to qualifying, calendar year 2022 natural disaster events, including wildfires, hurricanes, floods, derechos, excessive heat, tornadoes, winter storms, freeze –including a polar vortex, smoke exposure, excessive moisture, qualifying drought and related conditions.
Producers can apply for ERP starting today. The application deadline has not yet been determined and will be announced at a later date.