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USDA rolls out $1.75 Billion for farmers' emergency relief
USAgNet - 09/28/2023

The USDA is taking a significant step to back America's agricultural backbone. Over $1.75 billion is being rolled out to farmers and livestock producers. This funding aims to help them bounce back from the natural disasters that struck in the last three years.

Tom Vilsack highlighted the vital role these payments play. They reflect the economic hardships farmers have faced while remaining committed to providing food, fiber, and fuel. This support is not just for the producers but also a cornerstone for the economic success of communities and the nation’s food security.

Two major programs are in the spotlight. The Emergency Livestock Relief Program (ELRP) will release over $581 million for losses in 2021 and 2022 due to drought and wildfire. Another program, the Emergency Relief Program (ERP), will close out its Phase Two by delivering more than $1.17 billion in crop disaster assistance. These programs target those who faced losses and weren’t covered by other insurance or assistance programs.

One noteworthy feature is the automatic nature of some of these payments. Ranchers receiving assistance through ELRP Phase One will get an additional 20% without needing to apply. Such steps are about easing the process for those who’ve already endured much.

In the grand scheme, these efforts are part of USDA’s broader strategy. By the end of this fiscal year, the USDA aims to invest more than $19 billion in America’s agricultural producers. And this is just a part of how the USDA touches the lives of Americans every day, aiming for a resilient, equitable, and nutritious food system.

Let’s not forget, while these programs provide immediate relief, they are also building blocks for future resilience and food security. They represent USDA’s ongoing commitment to support farmers, ensuring that no matter what challenges arise, our agricultural community can thrive.

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