Below, find farmer, rancher and farmworker resources for coping with the several challenges facing our agricultural system today – drought, heat and wildfire in addition to Covid-19.

Drought

Below are some resources for coping with the effects of drought for farmers and ranchers.

  • The state has a new Drought Preparedness website with links to current conditions – including reservoir, snowpack and precipitation summaries here. The website also includes current state actions.
  • California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Drought Assistance includes updates on state actions and activities as they relate to farmers and ranchers and relevant funding.
  • California Water Boards Drought Information & Updates has regional drought information and other resources for Californians.
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency – several disaster assistance programs provide funding for producers affected by drought in disaster declared areas.
  • USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has a webpage for drought assistance here that includes steps farmers and ranchers can take to be more resilient in the face of drought, including:
    1. creating a conservation plan for managing water resources
    2. finding financial and technical assistance through NRCS
    3. cultivating healthy soils

Heat

Wildfire

See our recent blog series on policy solutions to scale up agricultural solutions to wildfire:
Part 1 – controlled burns.
Part 2 – prescribed grazing.
Part 3 – improving access to farms and ranches during wildfire events.
Part 4 – improved working conditions for farmworkers.

See the below list for resources for farmers and ranchers to prepare for and recover from wildfires. Track active fires, number of incidents year-to-date, acres burned and more on CalFire here.

Wildfire Preparedness

Wildfire Recovery

COVID-19

Farmer and Rancher Resources

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program – From National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC): CFAP 101 for Producers

Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) has developed a comprehensive webpage clearinghouse with frequently updated resources, news and advocacy information in response to COVID-19 here.

NCAT/ATTRA has a webpage of national COVID-19 Response resources here.

The California Farm Bureau has developed Coronavirus Farm & Ranch Resource webpage here.

COVID-19 Farmworker Resources

  • La Seguridad Empieza con Usted farmworker community campaign from the California Farmworker Foundation focused on the greater Bakersfield and Fresno growing regions: the Foundation Facebook page will be updated with ways to stay safe during the pandemic.
  • Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Department of Labor for agriculture workers and employers here.
  • COVID-19 Infection Prevention Guidance videos in English and Spanish here.
  • Resources for immigrant communities in the Central Valley here.
  • UC Davis Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety has developed a COVID-19 Resources for farmworkers here.
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