Refugio County, Texas farm destroyed by Hurricane Harvey.
Right now Farm Aid is working with our partners in Texas and Louisiana where record rainfall and flooding from Hurricane Harvey has wiped out crops and fences, stranded livestock and left fields covered under feet of standing water.
While it is still early and many farmers have not been able to fully assess the damage Hurricane Harvey wreaked, we know the impacts will be deep. Our long experience in responding to farmers who have experienced major natural disasters tells us that there will be a need for immediate emergency aid and mid- and long-term assistance. In addition to the financial loss caused by weather disasters, many farmers suffer the emotional toll of disasters long after flood waters recede. Mental health services to support these farmers are critically important.
What Farm Aid is doing to help
Farm Aid has partnered with local and national organizations, including Texas Organic Farmers & Ranchers Association, Texas Center for Local Food, Sustainable Food Center, Urban Harvest, Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance, National Center for Appropriate Technology, Farmers’ Legal Action Group, Federation of Southern Cooperatives, Louisiana Interchurch Conference, and Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA to:
— Make emergency grants to farm and ranch families in Texas and Louisiana impacted by Hurricane Harvey;
— Help farmers and ranchers understand their farm recovery options;
— Support local and state farmer service providers to help farmers navigate farm recovery options, from mental health resources to federal funding opportunities;
— Advocate for needed disaster recovery funds and resources from the federal government.
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