Information for Farmers:
- Please contact the NOFA Vermont Technical Assistance team for help at 434-4122 or firstname.lastname@example.org for dairy/livestock and email@example.com for vegetable/fruit farms.
- Click here for a FAQ for certified organic farms.
- The FDA considers crops where the edible portion has come in contact with flood waters to be adulterated and not to be sold for human consumption. This applies to both above ground crops and root crops. Learn more from the FDA or read this useful FAQ from UVM Extension.
- Please report any flood damage to fields, crops, structures, equipment, etc to your local Farm Service Agency, the Natural Resource Conservation District, or to us at NOFA Vermont. Report also to your insurance agent, if you have one. It is best to document the damage with photographs before beginning clean up. Use this Agricultural Damage Assessment Form to report to the FSA.
- How to File a Crop Insurance Claim (PDF from USDA RMA)
- Vegetable and berry growers should also report damage to Vern Grubinger at UVM. Please include estimated monetary losses and description of damage to fields, crops, and structures.
- Post-Flooding Produce Safety for Commercial Produce Growers (PDF from UVM)
- Managing Flood-Damaged Crops (PDF from UVM)
- Post-Flooding Livestock Recommendations (PDF from NOFA-VT)
- Managing Flood Damaged Crops and Forage (PDF from UVM)
- Resources for Flood Damaged Crops, Forages and Pastures (collected by Sid Bosworth at UVM Extension)
- Interpreting the Results of Soil Tests for Heavy Metals (PDF from UVM)
- Vocational Rehab Program Offers Help to Farmers in Irene's Aftermath
- The Vermont Agricultural Mediation Program (VTAMP) provides free mediation services to the agricultural community in Vermont. Due to the recent flooding, farms may have insurance claim issues, USDA program compliance issues, or other financial issues. VTAMP can help farms resolve these and other agricultural issues without a fee. For more information: www.vtamp.org, (802) 583-1100 or firstname.lastname@example.org. VTAMP is a non-profit organization certified by the Vermont Department of Agriculture and the USDA.
Potential sources of recovery funds:
- Financial Resources for Farmers Fact Sheet (PDF)
- NOFA Vermont Farmer Emergency Fund
- Farm Service Agency Emergency Loans
- Other FSA Disaster Assistance Programs
- Vermont Farm Fund Emergency Loan Program
- Mad River Valley Community Fund
- Vermont Economic Development Authority
- Vermont Farm Women's Fund
- Small Business Administration (loans available to farm-related business, producer co-ops, and non-profits, but not farmers directly)
Additional State and Local Resources:
- Grow Organic Food
- Market Organic Food
- Find Organic Food