Solano County

Group offers hardship grants to farmers hurt by drought

By From page A3 | April 07, 2014

FAIRFIELD — A regional organization has announced the availability of hardship grants for California family farmers who are not able to make ends meet this spring due to damage caused by the drought.

Community Alliance with Family Farmers joined with California Certified Organic Farmers to make the money available to family farmers who use sustainable practices, as well as certified organic producers across the state.

The grant money itself comes from a grant from Farm Aid.

Each eligible producer may apply for a $500 grant to cover household living expenses. Requirements for eligibility include:

  • Family farming operation with sustainable practices.
  • Located in a county designated a disaster by USDA.
  • Experiencing severe financial hardship resulting from the drought.
  • Have not received federal assistance for the same loss.

Preference will be given to farms that match the federal definition of a small family farm, that is, those that have gross annual sales less than $250,000.

To qualify for emergency funds, completely fill out an application form and send to Community Alliance with Family Farmers by April 30. The application form and more information may be downloaded at www.caff.org/programs/drought.

Community Alliance with Family Farmers has regional offices in Oakland and in Davis. For more information, contact Kendall Lambert at 510-832-4625, ext. 13, or [email protected]

Reach Glen Faison at 427-6925 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Glen Faison.

Glen Faison

Glen Faison

Glen Faison joined the Daily Republic as managing editor in September 2009. He previously worked as a reporter and editor for daily and weekly newspapers in the San Joaquin Valley for 20-plus years. His experience includes time as editor of the Golden Eagle, a military paper serving the Lemoore Naval Air Station. He graduated from Fresno State University with a bachelor's degree in journalism and bleeds Bulldogs red. He is an avid fan of the NFL's Washington team, and attended the 1988 NFC Championship Game against the Minnesota Vikings at RFK Stadium. He's a member of the Fairfield-Suisun Twilight Rotary Club and a board member for the Solano County Library Foundation. He married his wife, Jill, in 2005, and has three children: Courtni, Tyler and Hayli.

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  • mescApril 07, 2014 - 9:02 pm

    God Bless the American Farmer. Everyone every time they eat needs to say Thanks.

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