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USDA announces $308 million in disaster aid

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced $308 million in disaster assistance to help farmers, landowners, communities and others recover and rebuild after flooding, drought, tornadoes and other natural disasters in 33 states and Puerto Rico.

Funding is provided by the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP) and the Farm Service Agency’s Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) and Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP).

“Landowners, individuals and communities have endured incredible hardships because of the intensity and volume of natural disasters that have impacted their livelihoods,” said Vilsack.

“America’s farmers and rural communities are vitally important to our nation’s economy, producing the food, feed, fiber and fuel that continue to help us grow,” he said. “This funding will help to rebuild communities, while states can use the funds to carry out emergency recovery measures. At the same time, this assistance keeps farmers on the farm, ranchers on the ranch, and landowners on their land, helping to keep American agriculture profitable.”