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USDA Offers Assistance to Farmers Affected by Winter Storms


In a February 17th release, Kevin Shea, Acting Secretary of Agriculture outlined assistance to farmers, ranchers and communities affected by winter storms.  He stated, "USDA is committed to getting help to producers and rural Americans impacted by the severe weather in many parts of the country.  As severe weather and natural disasters continue to threaten the livelihoods of thousands of our farming families, we want you and your communities to know that USDA stands with you".


The USDA traditionally extends risk management assistance to farmers in the Federal Crop Insurance Program and the Non-insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program with details available through local Farm Service Agencies.


Limited risk management options include the Livestock Indemnity Program and the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybee and Farm-Raised Fish Program.


USDA recommends that farmers should maintain accurate and comprehensive records to document claims for losses sustained as a result of the current cold weather event. Advice to ranchers is available on USDA Animal and Plant Inspection Service websites including both the  "Protecting Livestock During a Disaster” and “Animal Care Emergency Program” webpages.


The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) provides emergency nutritional assistance including infant formula to households, shelters, and communal-feeding sites.  Additional information is available on the FNS Disaster Assistance website.

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