In addition to federal or state assistance, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) may be able to tend to a farmer's unmet needs. Some good NGOs to check out:
Faith-based organizations like:
Church & Social Science Information Exchange (CHASSIE) is a portal and provides links to organizations involved in rural ministry.
Foods Resource Bank takes donations of grain to provide humanitarian assistance world-wide.
Farm Credit System page provides links to banks and other farm credit organizations.
Farmers' Legal Action Group (FLAG) is a nonprofit law center dedicated to providing legal services to family farmers and their rural communities in order to help keep family farmers on the land. FLAG produces user-friendly manuals such as the Farmer's Guide to Disaster Assistance to help family farmers, their advocates, and attorneys understand how to get the maximum relief to which they are entitled under federal law.
Farm Credit System provides links to banks and other farm credit organizations
Operation Fresh Start is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is providing assistance to disaster-affected communities and regions in the U.S. through a new project called Operation Fresh Start. This initiative is coordinated by a partnership between DOE's Center of Excellence for Natural Disaster Remediation (CENDR) and the Center of Excellence for Sustainable Development (CESD).
Farm Equipment: A good resource to consult before considering Reconditioning Flood-damaged Farm Equipment has been prepared by NC State University. Links to related sites and email lists are also included.
Consult Estimating Farm Equipment Costs by Iowa State University to help develop a true cost of disaster-damaged farm equipment.
Haynet, a service of the Penn State Cooperative Extension that provides a directory of forage suppliers for farmers in need of supplemental forages due to drought conditions in Pennsylvania.
Mental health: Mental Health Services Database,which includes information about organizations that provide mental health services
National Association for Rural Mental Health organizes conferences, which often include sessions on disaster response. A special issue of their newsletter "Party-Line," provided on their Web site, provides a detailed report about the farm crisis and mental health responses. An online member discussion group can provide a forum for those seeking to exchange information on disaster response.
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