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USDA Offers Grain Storage Disaster Aid
Nebraska Ag Connection - 03/10/2023

Producers who lost grain storage facilities in a number of weather disasters from Dec. 1, 2021, to Aug. 1, 2022, will have a chance to access tens of millions of dollars in cost-share assistance from USDA, in a program announced by the agency on Thursday.

USDA announced an initial allocation of $20 million in cost-share for producers affected by disasters in Kentucky, Minnesota, South Dakota, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, North Dakota and Tennessee.

The newly launched Emergency Grain Storage Facility Assistance Program would provide funds to farmers to assist in the construction of new grain storage capacity and drying.

The application period for the program starts later this month, according to USDA, and will close on Dec. 29, 2023.

"Weather events in 2021 and 2022 in several states caused catastrophic losses to grain storage facilities on family farms as well as a large, commercial grain elevator, leaving stored grain exposed to the elements and affecting storage and commodity marketing options for many producers," U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said in a news release.

"USDA heard from congressional leaders, including Minority Leader (Sen. Mitch) McConnell, who identified a gap in our disaster assistance toolkit and used our Commodity Credit Corporation authority to act more quickly than waiting for specific legislation."

The program is aimed at producers who suffered grain storage damage in 11 counties in the nine states.

USDA provided maps showing the location of damaged grain facilities in Kentucky, Minnesota, South Dakota and surrounding eligible areas: .

The maps depict damaged storage facility locations and the affected counties within a 30-mile radius of the storage facilities, where producers may be eligible to apply for the cost-share dollars.

USDA said the Farm Service Agency also "may determine a need" for assistance in counties in other states and regions.

Eligible disaster events include hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, derechos, straight-line winds and winter storms that occurred between Dec. 1, 2021, and Aug. 1, 2022, according to USDA.

New and used facilities and upgrades are eligible for cost-share assistance but must have a useful life of at least three years.


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