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Subject: wfan list> NEW Farmers’ Guide to Disaster Assistance Available


For Immediate Release
June 20, 2008

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Jill Krueger: email or

New Farmers' Guide to Disaster Assistance Available
Farmers' Guide to Disaster Assistance (Sixth Edition, 2008)ST. PAUL, MINN. - A familiar resource has been thoroughly revised and updated for farmers who are struggling in the face of natural disaster, and for farmers who want to learn more about the disaster assistance programs included in the 2008 Farm Bill. Farmers' Legal Action Group, Inc. (FLAG) announces that the sixth edition of its book, Farmers' Guide to Disaster Assistance, is now available.
"This updated sixth edition of Farmers' Guide to Disaster Assistance provides farmers current information on important legal issues such as program eligibility, obligations of farmers who participate in the programs, and appeal rights," says Jill Krueger, a FLAG staff attorney and one of the book's authors. "We were able to include an overview of provisions from the 2008 Farm Bill in the introduction, and to add key points in the discussion of each affected program. But we won't know all of the details until USDA publishes regulations for the programs."
Farmers' Guide to Disaster Assistance includes an easy-to-use chart that provides an overview of federal disaster assistance for farmers. Individual chapters provide detailed descriptions of programs offered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (including housing assistance and disaster unemployment), federal crop insurance, the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP), the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP), disaster assistance programs for livestock producers, Emergency Loans from the Farm Service Agency, the Disaster Set-Aside program for existing loans from Farm Service Agency, Small Business Administration disaster loans (including both home and business loans), as well as brief discussions of bankruptcy and federal income tax issues as they relate to losses caused by natural disaster. A new appendix addresses considerations unique to organic farmers.
The book uses clear language and detailed citations to applicable laws to help farmers and their advisors understand and obtain federal disaster assistance. Updated information will be posted on the FLAG website.
The book can be downloaded by chapter at no charge from FLAG's website. A bound copy of the book is available without cost to financially distressed Minnesota farmers by calling 1-877-860-4349. For other persons, the charge is $40 per book, and orders can be placed by calling FLAG's office at 651-223-5400 or by visiting the FLAG website at The book is also available on CD for $10.
FLAG is a nonprofit law center in St. Paul, Minnesota, dedicated to providing legal services to family farmers and their rural communities in order to help keep family farmers on the land.
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