This page contains information about financial resources available to agricultural producers in the form of grants, loans, and other services including loss due to COVID-19 and disaster (drought/wildfire/climate change). Additional information is included about the ongoing drought conditions in California affecting farmers.

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Disaster Relief Funds

San Mateo County Declared FEMA Disaster Area

  • Federal assistance is available to eligible individuals and families affected by the severe winter storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides.
  • Supplemental aid available after FEMA limits. English    Español
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Guide to USDA Disaster Assistance Programs

USDA Emergency Conservation Program

  • This program provides emergency funding and technical assistance to farmers and ranchers to rehabilitate farmland and conservation structures damaged by natural disasters and implement emergency water conservation measures in periods of severe drought.

USDA is preparing to roll out the Emergency Relief Program (ERP) Phase Two as well as the new Pandemic Assistance Revenue Program (PARP), which are two programs to help offset crop and revenue losses for producers.  USDA is sharing early information to help producers gather documents and train front-line staff on the new approach. 

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California Underserved & Small Producers Program

  • These direct grants will assist small-scale and historically underserved producers to apply for relief grants for those most in need of immediate drought assistance. Producers will apply for the funds through local partner organizations. Apply here.

Agricultural Risk Coverage and Price Loss for 2023

  • Agricultural producers can now change election and enroll for the 2023 crop year in these two key safety net programs offered by the USDA. Signup began Monday, and producers have until March 15, 2023, to enroll in these two programs. Additionally, FSA has started issuing payments totaling more than $255 million to producers with 2021 crops that have triggered payments through ARC or PLC.  

Disaster Assistance for Livestock and Honeybees

  • This program covers losses due to an eligible adverse weather or loss condition, including blizzards, disease (including cattle tick fever), water shortages and wildfires, as determined by the Secretary. ELAP covers losses that are not covered under other disaster assistance programs such as the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program, Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) and the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP).

USDA Emergency Relief

  • To help agricultural producers offset the impacts of natural disasters in 2020 and 2021, Congress included emergency relief funding in the Extending Government Funding and Delivering Emergency Assistance Act (P.L. 117-43). This law targets at least $750 million for livestock producers impacted by drought or wildfires. Funds will be distributed in two phases through the Emergency Livestock Relief Program (ELRP) and the Emergency Relief Program (ERP).

 

    Conservation & Sustainable Agriculture Programs

    USDA Emergency Conservation Program

    • This program provides emergency funding and technical assistance to farmers and ranchers to rehabilitate farmland and conservation structures damaged by natural disasters and implement emergency water conservation measures in periods of severe drought.

    CDFA Healthy Soils Program

    • The HSP has two components: HSP Incentives Program provides financial assistance for implementation of conservation management that improve soil health, sequester carbon and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. HSP Demonstration Projects showcase California farmers and rancher's implementation of HSP practices.

    USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service California

    • NRCS conservation programs help people reduce soil erosion, enhance water supplies, improve water quality, increase wildlife habitat, and reduce damages caused by floods and other natural disasters.

    DPR Pest Management Grants

    • Solicitation periods are open for Research Grants and Alliance Grants for integrated pest management practices that reduce risks to public health and the environment in agricultural, urban, or wildland settings. 

    Western IPM Annual Grant Program

    CDFA Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP)

    • FREP solicits suggestions for research, demonstration, and education projects related to the environmentally safe and agronomically sound use and handling of fertilizing materials. FREP is now accepting pre-proposals for the 2023 grant cycle. The 2023 Request for Pre-Proposals (RFP) includes program priorities aimed at improving irrigation and fertilizer management in California agriculture. Pre-proposals are due Monday, December 19, 2022.
    Equitable Access Programs

    California FarmLink

    • California FarmLink works to create an inclusive farm and food economy with equitable access to opportunity for farmers and ranchers. We connect the next generation of sustainable farmers and ranchers with land and financing.

    USDA Transition Incentive Program (TIP)

    • TIP provides land owners and operators with an incentive to return land to production on an expiring CRP Contract in a way that preserves established conservation practices. It also provides an opportunity for beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers to purchase their own land or rent land.

    USDA Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production Grant

    • USDA will accept applications until March 27, 2023 for Planning Projects to initiate or expand urban farm access through food access, education and business. Implementation projects may improve existing models of urban, indoor, and other agricultural practices that serve farmers and communities.
    Drought Information
    COVID Related Assistance

    USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers

    • This page provides a comprehensive list of current and past programs including the Organic and Transitional Education and Certification Program, Commodity Container Assistance Program, and Food Safety Certification for Specialty Crops. It is updated regularly.

    San Mateo County CA Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant

    • The California Office of the Small Business Advocate has released new grant funding to benefit microbusinesses in San Mateo County. The first-round deadline to apply is Monday, April 11, 2022. Applications will continue to be accepted after April 11 until all funds are awarded. Please submit your eligibility form as soon as possible. The portal will close when all funds are awarded.
    • Check your eligibility: English  Spanish

    US Small Business Administration COVID-19 Relief Options

     

    Organic Grower Assistance

    CDFA Organic Certification Cost Share

    • The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has provided funds from the National Farm Bill to the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) to be distributed to operations that have been certified organic by a USDA accredited certifier. This program is intended to help offset costs of obtaining organic certification.

    Organic Transitional Education and Certification Program

    • Are you a producer or handler of agricultural commodities that are certified organic? Or, are you transitioning your operation to certified organic? You may be eligible for financial assistance to cover expenses paid during fiscal year 2022 through USDA’s Organic and Transitional Education and Certification Program (OTECP). This program is part of USDA’s Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative.

    CCOF Hardship Assistance Grants

    • This includes the Bricmont Hardship Assistance Fund and Drought Relief Grants for Producers from Underserved Communities in California. They provide financial assistance for organic growers to help cover losses from natural disasters, personal hardship, or other unplanned emergencies.
    Cannabis Growers Relief Program

    Disaster Relief of Cannabis Growers

    • This program offers regulatory relief to cannabis growers by the California Department of Cannabis Control due to drought, wildfires, and COVID-19.