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Disaster Resources Initiative

Disaster Resources Survey

The Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC), the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative (IFAI), and the Farmers' Legal Action Group (FLAG) are partnering to provide Native producers with technical assistance and resources about accessing disaster and/or debt relief. As Native producers continue to confront multiple natural disasters and disrupted markets in the wake of the pandemic, we know that you have many unanswered questions about access to disaster relief aid or debt relief.
The Disaster Resources Initiative is designed to provide resources for Native American farmers and ranchers contending with natural disasters and other impacts to their operations. This effort was initiated by the Technical Assistance Network and coordinated among all IAC programs.

Regional and state-specific resources will be coming soon! 
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USDA Resources - National

Listing of all programs and services offered by the Farm Service Agency.

NAP provides financial assistance to producers of non-insurable crops when low yields, loss of inventory, or prevented planting occur due to natural disasters.

LFP provides financial assistance to eligible livestock owners who have covered livestock and who are also producers of grazed forage crop acreage that have suffered a loss of grazed forage due to qualifying drought during the normal grazing period for the county.

  • USDA Farm Service Agency - Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP)

LIP provides benefits to eligible livestock owners for livestock deaths in excess of normal mortality caused by eligible loss conditions, including adverse weather, disease, and attacks by wolves and avian predators. LIP also provides assistance to owners that must sell livestock at a reduced price due to an injury from an eligible loss condition. 

TAP provides financial assistance to eligible orchardists and nursery tree growers to replant or rehabilitate eligible trees, bushes, and vines lost by natural disasters.

ELAP provides financial assistance to producers of livestock, honeybees, and farm-raised fish for losses due to disease, certain adverse weather events, or loss conditions, including blizzards and wildfires.

Provides emergency loans to help producers recover from production and physical losses due to drought, flooding, other natural disasters, or quarantine. 

ECP provides emergency funding and technical assistance to farms and ranchers to rehabilitate farmland and conservation structures damaged by natural disasters and implement emergency water conservation measures in periods of severe drought.

LRP-Fed Cattle is designed to insure against declining market prices.

RMA Agent Locator provides information about insurance agents. All data is provided by approved insurance providers operating under a reinsurance agreement with Risk Management Agency.  ​​

An online document that assists agriculture producers recover from drought and other natural disasters.

The Forage Inventory and Demand Calculator is an Excel-based calculator that compares the ton of forages available and the tons of forages needed to feed a livestock operation.

Drought is part of ranching whether we like it or not and integrating it into the overall management plan can help prevent financial losses, reduce stress associated with it, and lesson impacts to the health of the herd and land.

This site provides you with the tools and resources you need to help you manage your stress and fine tune your mental health. 

This webpage discusses drought in the context of satellite imaging to characterizing various drought-related components.

  • Rural Tax Education - Weather-Related Sales of Livestock

An article describing the tax treatment and options related to selling livestock due to weather events such as drought. Click to read more.

The Internet National Hay Exchange ​is a site where hay of different prices, different qualities, and different types.

The Sustainable Agriculture Program has compiled resources concerning sustainability, and programming, etc. 

​This is visual assessment to access quality, some feeds may lead to cows being underfed and losing body condition, or wasting money on expensive supplements that aren't necessary.

This manuscript discusses effects disasters have on beef cattle operations; topics include flooding, tornadoes, blizzards, wildfires, etc.

Drought can reduce both water availability and water quality necessary for productive farms, ranches, and grazing lands, resulting in significant negative direct and indirect economic impacts to the agricultural sector.

It’s easy to focus on other things but don’t overlook water testing. Poor quality stock water can lead to reproductive inefficiency, poor gains, disease and in extreme circumstances, death.

This website is a resource for learning to develop and manage a cooperative.

This recorded webinar touches on stress related to drought, while providing resources.

FLAG's attorneys have created a series of Farmers' Guides to Disaster Assistance (FGDA) that describe the rule for programs and other disaster assistance programs. 

This website is full of resources that assist in mental health, including a 24/7 hotline for crisis counseling. 

This network aims to improve behavioral health awareness, literacy, access, and outcomes for farmers, ranchers, and farmworkers.

​Rural agricultural communities may also have limited access to health and mental healthcare services, which can make it difficult for farm and ranch families to receive support when they are experiencing extreme stress, anxiety, depression, or another mental health crisis.

The 2020 coronavirus pandemic and related COVID-19 financial strains has added to farmers’ existing list of stressors and mental distress.

University Extension Resources - National Tools
Partner Resources
Wellness and Stress Resources

Find the Technical Assistance Specialist in your region here.