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Application for Farm Aid Disaster Relief Assistance

FARM AID FAMILY FARM DISASTER RELIEF FUND

HURRICANES IRMA AND MARIA 2017

FACILITATED BY FLORIDA CERTIFIED ORGANIC GROWERS AND CONSUMERS, INC. (FOG)

Farmer Disaster Assistance Available

Family farmers in Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands can now access much-needed relief funding following Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Farm Aid has partnered with FOG to distribute emergency relief grants to help farmers meet household expenses. Families who rely on farming for their income, live in the declared disaster areas, and are experiencing hardship as a result of the storm are encouraged to complete an application, even if other relief such as crop insurance or FEMA funds have been made available. You may also want to review and download this Summary of Disaster Assistance for Farmers (also available en Espanol).

Deadline

Due to limited funding and many more applications than available funding, FOG is temporarily not accepting applications.

Who can apply?

For the purpose of this program, family farms are defined as farming and/or ranching units that:

  • Produce food, fiber, silage or forage crops (production methods – conventional, certified organic, etc. – are NOT a consideration for eligibility)
  • Are recognized as a functioning farm where agricultural production is the primary or substantial means of family income (rural residences that are not farms producing products for sale are not eligible)
  • The family is continually engaged in strategic management and day-to-day operational decisions, and provides a substantial amount of on-site labor to operate the farm.

How can the funds be used?

Relief payments are intended as emergency relief only. Use of the funds is restricted to household expenses, such as groceries, home utilities, medical bills, or other household expenses not directly related to the commercial operation of the farm or ranch. The funds may not be used for any business expense or investment.

How can I apply?

Farmers can apply for these benefits in several ways:

1. For the fastest response, applicants are encouraged to use the online application here:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FLFARMAID

2. Applications in PDF format can be downloaded here, then completed electronically and emailed as an attachment to david@foginfo.org. 

3. Applications may be printed and mailed to:

Florida Organic Growers
ATTN: Hurricanes Irma and Maria Relief Project
P.O. Box 12311
Gainesville, FL 32604

4. Applications can also be completed by phone. Email david@foginfo.org or call 352.377.6345 to set up a phone interview.

FOG will only use information gathered on the application for processing applications and verifying eligibility, and for the required reporting to Farm Aid. FOG will not share this information with any other individuals or organizations.

Contact

Please contact David Vaina, 352.377.6345 or david@foginfo.org for additional information or assistance with the application.

Donations Accepted

Donations to support this effort can be made to Farm Aid’s Family Farm Disaster Fund.

Additionally, FOG is collecting donations that will be made available to organic family farmers.

Farm Aid and FOG

Farm Aid’s mission is to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. Farm Aid artists and board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews host an annual festival to raise funds to support Farm Aid’s work with family farmers and to inspire people to choose family farm food. For more than 30 years, Farm Aid, with the support of the artists who contribute their performances each year, has raised more than $50 million to support programs that help farmers thrive, expand the reach of the Good Food Movement, take action to change the dominant system of industrial agriculture and promote food from family farms.  Find out more at www.farmaid.org

FOG, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation established in 1987, began as a grassroots organization with the office located at various times in someone’s kitchen or an unused corner of a barn. The Organic Food Production Act of 1990 required that the USDA develop national standards for organic products, and FOG was heavily involved in the development of the National Organic Program regulations governing organics. The National Organic Program Final Rule was published in the Federal Register in 2000. FOG continues to be very active in policy, including continuing development of the NOP standards, food safety and genetically modified food. FOG is also active in developing and implementing Farm Bill programs. Please click here for a FACT SHEET.