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Apply now for the USDA's Emergency Relief Program

Did a natural disaster like the drought or the pandemic cause a loss of revenue from farming for you in 2020 or 2021? If so, you may be eligible for support from USDA’s Emergency Relief Program (ERP) or the Pandemic Assistance Revenue Program (PARP) from your local FSA office if you apply by June 2, 2023.

ERP is a revenue-based program for crops including specialty crops, so you can determine if applying makes sense by comparing your disaster year(s) in 2020 or 2021 to a typical benchmark year of either 2018 or 2019. If your sales were down 30% or more from your typical season, it may make sense for you to apply. Ryan Pesch, Extension Educator in Ag Business Management is available to help you determine your eligibility and assist in preparing the application based on your farm financial records.

More information about about ERP phase 2 and other disaster assistance from USDA is at available at the Go Farm Connect website at . The Go Farm Connect initiative is a farmer-led initiative to build relationships between non-traditional farmers and the agricultural support agencies and experts like FSA through trained peer farmers.

If you'd like to investigate the opportunity or simply assistance in organizing your financial records, please contact Ryan Pesch at or 218-770-4398.

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