Relief Payments Go Out To Producers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has begun issuing more than $1.75 billion in emergency relief payments to eligible farmers and livestock producers. These payments aim to help farms recover following natural disasters in 2020, 2021 and 2022. 

“These payments are reflective of the incredible and cumulative financial hits brought on by devastating natural disasters that agricultural producers nationwide have endured while fulfilling their commitment to produce our food, fiber and fuel,” says Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “This additional assistance helps offset the tremendous losses that these producers faced and is a valuable investment, not only for farmers and ranchers but in the economic successes of our communities – rural and urban – and in our nation’s food security for generations to come.”

Emergency Livestock Relief Program

USDA’s Farm Service Agency is sending out more than $581 million for drought and wildfire relief in 2021 and 2022.

Emergency Relief Program Phase Two

FSA is closing out Phase Two of the Emergency Relief Program through the delivery of more than $1.17 billion in crop disaster assistance payments to producers of eligible crops who suffered losses, measured through decreases in revenue, due to qualifying natural disaster events that occurred in calendar years 2020 and 2021.

More Information

These programs represent a few of FSA’s safety-net programs. By the close of the fiscal year on Sep. 30, for all farm and farm loan programs, USDA, through the delivery of FSA programs, will have invested more than $19 billion in America’s agricultural producers with more economic support on the way in fiscal year 2024. For more information on available FSA programs, contact your local USDA Service Center: