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.
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:
- creating a conservation plan for managing water resources
- finding financial and technical assistance through NRCS
- cultivating healthy soils
- The Western Center for Agriculture Health and Safety has resources and educational materials for heat illness prevention, including:
Agricultural Solutions to Wildfire
Learn more about policy solutions to scale up agricultural solutions to wildfire resilience in our blog series:
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.
- CalFire wildfire preparedness webpage
- Find a helpful checklist and sign up to get texts from CalFire about wildfires in your area here.
- From Cal-OSHA: Guidance for working safely in conditions with smoke caused by the wildfires is available on Cal/OSHA’s web page, including information for protecting outdoor workers and frequently asked questions about N95 masks.
- UCCE Sonoma: Wildfire Preparation YouTube series
- Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF): Resources for preparation
- Farmer Campus: Farming through Wildfire Season online course and resources
- Farmer Campus also offers self-led Climate Resilience via Agroecology online course
- Learn about why defensible spaces are important and how to create one from FEMA here.
- Learn about grazing can help mitigate fire fuels here.
- Use Graze to find contract grazers
- California Department of Food and Agriculture: Wildfire Recovery Resources webpage
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has a Disaster Assistance Discovery Tool that helps producers find what disaster assistance programs are available.
- USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Post-Fire Disaster Assistance webpage includes several “After the Fire” resource downloads for restoration and assistance on ranchland, cropland and forestland.
- CAFF Resources for disaster recovery includes several educational resources for farms and ranches recovering from the effects of wildfire and helpful tips to navigate federal assistance programs in addition to:
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
- 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.