WASHINGTON — Eligible farmers and ranchers can now sign up for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) disaster assistance programs restored by the passage of the 2014 Farm Bill, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Tuesday.
“We implemented these programs in record time and kept our commitment to begin sign-up today,” Vilsack said Tuesday. “To ensure enrollment goes as smoothly as possible, dedicated staff in over 2,000 Farm Service Agency offices across the country are doing everything necessary to help producers that have suffered through two and a half difficult years with no assistance because these programs were awaiting Congressional action.”
Producers have three to nine months to apply, depending on the program and year of the loss, officials said.
Details are available at the Madera County FSA Office, 425 N. Gateway Drive. Producers are encouraged to schedule an appointment by calling 674-2108 and inquire about which records are needed to apply...