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Assistance available for flooding, tornadoes

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Crop and livestock farmers who have experienced damage from recent flooding or tornadoes are reminded that Farm Service Agency programs may be available to assist with their recovery.
"Severe weather this spring is making things very difficult for many farmers," said Bruce Nelson, acting administer of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency. "Learning about our FSA disaster programs is an important first step in the recovery process for producers."
FSA administers several programs that help producers recover from disaster damage and livestock deaths. Among those programs are the Emergency Conservation Program; the Livestock Indemnity Program; the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program; the Non-Insured Disaster Assistance Program; the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program; and the Emergency Forest Restoration Program.
Fact sheets for all those programs can be found at www.fsa.usda.gov.
"We encourage all who have suffered a disaster due to the recent severe weather conditions to read the fact sheets and visit their local FSA county office so they get a quick start in the recovery process," said Scherrie Giamanco, Illinois FSA state director.
Federal crop insurance policyholders were reminded to notify their crop insurance companies as soon as they discover that their land is flooded.