Additional Emergency Relief Program Funding
USDA is preparing to roll out Phase Two of the Emergency Relief Program and a new Pandemic Assistance Revenue Program. The Agriculture Department said it was sharing information early to help farmers and ranchers put together documentation and train FSA staff on the new approach. The Phase Two of the Emergency Relief Program is for farmers and ranchers who suffered eligible losses in 2020 and 2021 but did not receive assistance in Phase One. The pandemic program is for farmers and ranchers who suffered revenue losses in 2020 when compared to 2019 or 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This program is designed to cover gaps in previous pandemic assistance which suffered a price loss or lack of market access rather than overall revenue losses.