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OCFSN Disaster Relief Grant INFO SESSION
April 4 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Oregon’s producers endured multiple natural disasters in 2021 including extreme heat, drought, and wildfires which are threatening their viability.
Natural disaster relief is urgently needed. Because federal assistance is not accessible to many of Oregon’s producers, the state has established ODAP, forgivable loans for disaster relief for producers who are unable to access federal relief funds.
Unfortunately, the OCFSN heard from producers and farm support organizations that this forgivable loan structure may not be accessible to many small and BIPOC producers, the same producers who may not have the resources to weather disaster-related disruptions and often fall between the cracks of traditional safety nets and government aid.
To ensure that all of Oregon’s farmers and ranchers have the opportunity to access timely disaster relief funding provided by the State, the OCFSN requested and was granted $1.5 million to establish a Disaster Relief Fund for Farmers under Senate Bill 5561, section 15. This Disaster Relief Fund will provide direct financial support in the form of grants to small-scale farmers and ranchers impacted by natural disasters, who are not able to access federal disaster relief funds and/or the State’s Forgivable Disaster Loan Program. Our Family Farms was a key partner in bringing this funding to Oregon’s farmers and ranchers.
– Tuesday, March 29, 2022 from 6:30-7:30pm PDT
– Monday, April 4, 2022 from 10:00-11:00am PDT