As fires are raging across California, destroying life and property, our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected. Various federal government programs exist to provide disaster assistance for those who have been impacted by wildfires. Although your attention is no doubt focused on the situation at hand, it’s important to note that several of the disaster assistance programs have initial notification deadlines that must be met in order to be eligible for funding.
An overview of the USDA programs providing wildfire assistance is available in a factsheet from the Rancher Technical Assistance Program. Click here to download the factsheet.
More details on each program is available below. For help contacting your FSA office or understanding what questions to ask, contact the Rancher Technical Assistance Program (RTAP) team at firstname.lastname@example.org or (916) 409-6902. RTAP provides free regulatory assistance for all California cattle producers, provided by the California Cattlemen’s Foundation and funded by the California Cattle Council. Learn more about the program at https://www.calcattlemenfoundation.org/rtap.