Application for Farm Aid disaster relief assistance
Please Read Before Completing the Application:

Please read the application guidelines below before completing the application. Be thorough, but concise in your responses to the questions. National Farmers Union (NFU) will only use this information for processing applications and verifying eligibility, and for the required reports to Farm Aid. NFU will not share this information with any other individuals or organizations

Application Deadline and Process
Applications will be received on a rolling basis and approved as funds allow. For the fastest response, applicants are encouraged to fill out the application online here or download a PDF version and return it.

Who may apply?
Family farmers in Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, South Dakota, and Wisconsin who have suffered hardship as a result of the ongoing flooding emergencies, or who were negatively impacted by other weather-related incidences, are eligible to apply. Any family farmers who have been impacted are welcome to apply. Please fill out the application even if you have received other assistance, such as through crop insurance or other emergency aid.

For the purpose of this program, family farms are defined as farming or ranching units that:
• Produce food, fiber, silage, or forage crops;
• Are recognized as a functioning farm where agricultural production is the primary or substantial means of family income (rural residences that are not farms producing products for sale are not eligible);
• The family is continuously engaged in strategic management and day-to-day operational decisions, and provides a substantial amount of on-site labor to operate the farm.

What is the amount of the payment?
Successful applicants will receive a one-time $500 emergency relief payment.

What can the funds be used for?
Relief payments are intended as emergency relief only. Use of the funds is restricted to household expenses, such as groceries, home utilities, medical bills, or other household expenses not directly related to the commercial operation of the farm or ranch. the funds may not be used for any business expense or investment.

Assessment criteria
The criteria by which the applicants will be assessed are as follows:
• Family farms within the covered geographic area; and
• Severity of the loss caused by flooding, snowstorm, or other weather related disaster.

Application review
The application will be reviewed by a panel of at least three people appointed by NFU, to include NFU representatives and state Farmers Union representatives. Applications will be reviewed as the are received. The review panel will confirm criteria and need. Payments will be issued by check to approved applicants within ten days of submission of the application.

Application assistance
Please contact Tom Bryant at or (202) 559-9887 ext. 118 for assistance with this application.
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