Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that an additional $308 million will be allocated to farmers, ranchers, land owners and communities that suffered severe damage as a result of the weather woes of 2011. The funding will help rebuild and repair land damaged by flood, drought, tornadoes and other natural disasters in 33 states and Puerto Rico. The additional funds are allocated through the Natural Resources Conservation Service's Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP) as well as the Farm Service Agency's Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) and Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP).
"Landowners, individuals and communities have endured incredible hardships because of the intensity and volume of natural disasters that have impacted their livelihoods," said Vilsack. "America's farmers and rural communities are vitally important to our nation's economy, producing the food, feed, fiber and fuel that continue to help us grow. This funding will help to rebuild communities, while states can use the funds to carry out emergency recovery measures. At the same time, this assistance keeps farmers on the farm, ranchers on the ranch, and landowners on their land, helping to keep American agriculture profitable."
Listen to his official announcement: