Farmers along the Missouri River will deal with the aftermath of the summer flood for months to come. Traci Bruckner with the Center for Rural Affairs says financial help is still available. They received a grant from Farm Aid and are distributing that money in the form of 19 emergency relief grants.
Bruckner says they have distributed three $500 grants and have 16 more yet to distribute.
Bruckner tells us these grants are to assist farmers, especially beginning and socially disadvantaged, sustainable or organic farmers, who have be impacted directly by the flood and who have suffered hardship as a result. These are emergency funds that cover immediate needs not covered by other sources. These could include damage or loss of personal property, unexpected costs related to activities of daily living while flooded or displaced, loss of salable products, fencing repair, purchase emergency feed, organic re-certification for vegetable producers or to test for contamination.
Items not considered are loss that is subject to a successful insurance claim, losses covered by other sources and damage not resulting from the Missouri River flood.
Details on the application process can be found at wwwcfra.org.