Sen. Marshall Announces Kansas Farmers, Ranchers Eligible for Updated USDA Emergency Relief Program

(Washington, D.C., January 17, 2023) — Kansas farmers and ranchers impacted by natural disasters in both 2020 and 2021 are now eligible for additional assistance through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Energy Relief Program (ERP), Phase 2, U.S. Senator Roger Marshall, M.D. announced today. This assistance will help supplement losses in allowable gross revenue from crops that were substantially impacted by qualifying natural disaster or weather event.  

“Farming is one of the biggest gambles you can take. So much of what is required to raise a successful crop is outside of a farmer’s control,” said Senator Marshall. “For those farmers and landowners that were significantly impacted by weather events, we want to ensure they can continue farming and raising crops in the years to come.” 

Farmers and landowners in the following counties are eligible for ERP payments for 2020, 2021 or both: Cheyenne County, Clark County, Clay County, Comanche County, Decatur County, Gove County, Graham County, Grant County, Greeley County, Hamilton County, Kearny County, Logan County, Marshall County, Meade County, Morton County, Norton County, Phillips County, Rawlins County, Scott County, Sheridan County, Sherman County, Stanton County, Stevens County, Thomas County, Wallace County, Washington County, Wichita County, Decatur County, Finney County, Gray County, Haskell County, Jewell County, Seward County, Smith County.

Producers in these counties should contact their Farm Services Agency Service Center to apply. All payments through the ERP program come with the requirement of future crop insurance protection. 

Background:

The USDA’s Emergency Relief Program (ERP) covers losses to crops, trees, bushes and vines due to a qualifying natural disaster event. Eligible crops include both traditional insurable commodities and specialty crops that are produced in the United States as part of a farming operation and are intended to be commercially marketed. ERP Phase 2 follows ERP Phase 1, which was announced in May 2022.

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