Farm Aid Family Farm Disaster FundFarm Aid Family Farm Disaster Relief Fund

Hurricane Harvey 2017

Facilitated by Texas Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association (TOFGA)

Farmer Disaster Assistance Available

Family farmers in Texas can now access much-needed relief funding following Hurricane Harvey. Farm Aid has partnered with the Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (TOFGA) 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.

Deadline

There is no deadline to apply, although applications are reviewed as they are received and there is a finite amount of funding available. Applications will be reviewed by a team of TOFGA board members and other agricultural professionals. Approval is based on the applicant qualifying as a family farm and demonstrating economic loss.

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/TOFGA_FarmAidRelief.

2. Digital applications in PDF format can be downloaded here, then completed electronically and emailed as an attachment to harvey@tofga.org

3. Applications may be printed and mailed to:

TOFGA Farm Aid Disaster Fund 2017
P.O. Box 301544
Austin, TX 78703

4. Applications can also be completed by phone. Email harvey@tofga.org or call (512) 413-7774 to set up a phone interview.

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

Contact

Please contact Andrew Smiley, 512-413-7774 or harvey@tofga.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, TOFGA Disaster Relief Fund is collecting donations that will be made available to organic family farmers.

TOFGA and Farm Aid

Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (TOFGA) is a statewide non-profit organization supporting farmers, ranchers, and gardeners who produce organic and sustainable food in Texas. With a focus on education and community, TOFGA promotes the many benefits of organic agriculture and encourages its use throughout Texas. Learn more at www.tofga.org

Farm Aid works year-round to build a system of agriculture that values family farmers, good food, soil and water, and strong communities. Our annual concert celebrates farmers, eaters and music coming together for change. Find out more at www.farmaid.org


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