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.

Equitable Access Programs Conservation & Sustainable Agriculture Programs COVID Related Assistance Disaster Relief Funds Cannabis Growers Relief Program Organic Grower Assistance Drought Information
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.
Conservation & Sustainable Agriculture Programs

CDFA Healthy Soils Program

  • The HSP has two components: the HSP Incentives Program and the HSP Demonstration Projects. The HSP Incentives Program provides financial assistance for implementation of conservation management that improve soil health, sequester carbon and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The 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. The links include all information regarding eligibility, requirements, informational meetings, and applications.
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


Disaster Relief Funds

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).
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.
Organic Grower Assistance

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.
Drought Information