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2023 Agricultural Flooding Guidance & Resources

Many farms across Massachusetts have been impacted by the July 2023 storms. Federal, state, and private institutions have a range of resources to assist with relief and recovery. For farms with impacted crops MDAR’s Produce Safety Division has developed this guidance to help farmers navigate the decisions that need to be made when dealing with flood impacts.

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State Resources

Technical Assistance & Guidance

MDAR’s Produce Safety Division has developed technical assistance and guidance (.pdf) in response to the July storms. 

Mental Health & Wellness Program 

MassGrown Wellness - Massachusetts Agricultural Community Mental Health & Wellness Program

USDA Updates and Resources

JULY FLOODING: Worcester County Producers May be Eligible for Emergency Conservation Program Assistance (10/2/23)

JULY FLOODING: Berkshire County Producers May be Eligible for Emergency Conservation Program Assistance (10/2/23)

JULY FLOODING: Hampshire/Hampden County FSA Announces Signup Period for Emergency Conservation Program (9/25/23)

JULY FLOODING: Franklin County Producers May be Eligible for Emergency Conservation Program Assistance (9/25/23)

USDA Announces Milk Loss Assistance for Dairy Operations Impacted by 2020, 2021 and 2022 Disaster Events (9/6/23)

FSA has made some of their programs and policies more flexible in response to the flooding. Details here: USDA Offers Disaster Program Flexibilities for Flood-Impacted Producers in the Northeast (8/14/23)

Farmers with damage to crops and property as a result of the storm should contact their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county office to report assessed loss. Doing so helps determine federal relief opportunities. 

Producers with private crop insurance are encouraged to call their crop insurance agents to report losses.  

USDA Natural Disaster Designations allows the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) to extend emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters through emergency loans.  Emergency loans can be used to meet various recovery needs including the replacement of essential items such as equipment or livestock, reorganization of a farming operation, or to refinance certain debts.  For more information, please see the following links or contact the Massachusetts FSA at:  Massachusetts State Office (usda.gov)

SBA Working Capital Loans Available in Massachusetts for Secretary of Agriculture Disaster Declaration for Rain and Flooding - 8/7/23

Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) has opened their emergency farm fund, which can provide zero-interest loans to impacted farmers.

Farm Credit East Cares Assistance | Farm Credit East Announces $250,000 in Flood Relief for Northeast Producers.

Farm Aid has compiled this list of relief resources. 

Resources from the Northeast Cover Crops Council may help farmers considering planting cover crops on flood-impacted fields.

Farm Feed-Finder Marketplaceconnects farmers needing feed and those selling feed

NOAA has real-time river level monitoring, as well as predictions for some rivers. 

Charitable Organizations Providing Recovery Resources for July 2023 Flood Event

Excessive rain during the month of July 2023 caused extensive damage in communities across western and central Massachusetts.

Below are charitable efforts supporting residents and businesses affected by the flooding. Additional organizations providing resources and other ways to make charitable contributions may be added. 

Massachusetts Farm Resiliency Fund (United Way of Central Massachusetts)

Philanthropic partners and private foundations have joined together to raise aid for farmers affected by severe weather. Funds will be distributed rapidly by the United Way through a deliberate selection process. To learn more click here.

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