Financial assistance available for farmers and ranchers adversely affected by spring floods

A surface drain failure has created a 700-foot-long gully in Lewiston. 

Local farmers and ranchers who may have suffered losses due to flooding the last few months, may be eligible to get help. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, through its Farm Service Agency, has released funds to help compensate farmers who may have been impacted by floods in February and March.

According to Bruce Lundquist, USDA Farm Service Agency Executive Director for Cache County, any farmer or rancher who may have lost livestock or suffered physical damages to their property should contact their local county Farm Service Agency. The phone number for the Cache County Farm Service Agency is (435) 753-5480. For Box Elder County, the number is (435) 257-5402.

The 2014 Farm Bill authorized a Livestock Indemnity Program which provides benefits to livestock producers for livestock deaths caused by adverse weather. Those funds are equal to 75 percent of the market value on the day before the livestock died.

Additionally, the Emergency Conservation Program provides emergency funding and technical assistance to farmers and ranchers to rehabilitate their land damaged by floods. Similarly, those who qualify may receive cost-share assistance of $50,000 or less per person or legal entity, per disaster approved at the county level. Assistance requests for more than $50,000 are handled on the state level or through the national office.

Heavy rains and unseasonably warm temperatures in February and March led to high run off and rising rivers and streams throughout Cache, Box Elder and Franklin counties. Emergency declarations were issued in several communities in the area, as well as by Cache County, Box Elder County and the State of Utah. 

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