EQIP Catastrophic Fire Recovery
Deadlines: November 6, 2017 (NRCS is waiving the standard 30-day application ranking period)
Description: Financial assistance payments to assist producers in covering the cost of certain rehabilitation practices, such as creating check dams in drainages, using damaged trees to slow runoff, repairing culvert systems, and planting tree seedlings.
Who is it for: agricultural producers
Apply: Visit your local USDA service center
Form: This is the regular EQIP form
Notes: NRCS is also offering technical and educational assistance to fire-impacted landowners faced with erosion and flooding in a damaged watershed. NRCS conservationists have expertise in erosion, hydrophobic soils, and the use of measures (such as sand bags, mulching, etc.) to mitigate damage to the landscape.
Additional USDA Assistance Available
NRCS, Farm Service Agency (FSA), and Risk Management Agency (RMA) in California are planning to meet with landowners, partners and other agencies to assess damages and discuss technical and financial assistance. Public workshops will be scheduled once the fires are contained.
The FSA Emergency Conservation Program provides funding and technical assistance to rehabilitate farmland damaged by natural disasters.
FSA’s suite of safety-net programs to help producers recover from eligible losses, includes: Livestock Indemnity Program; Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program; Tree Assistance Program; and emergency loans