Application for Farm Aid Disaster Relief Assistance

Please read the application guidelines below and then complete the following application. Be thorough but concise in your responses to the questions. TOFGA will only use this information for processing applications and verifying eligibility, and for the required reporting to Farm Aid.  TOFGA will not share this information with any other individuals or organizations.

Application Deadline and Process
Applications will be received on a rolling basis and approved as funds allow.  For the fastest response, applicants are encouraged to use the following online application.  Applications can also be completed by phone interview. Email or call (512) 413-7774 to set up a phone interview.

Who may apply?
Texas family farmers who fall within the identified disaster declaration area whose farms were affected by Hurricane Harvey, and who have suffered hardship as a result are eligible to apply.  Funds are reserved for farms that have the highest need. Please fill out an application even if you have received other assistance, such as through crop insurance or other emergency aid programs.  

For the purpose of this program, family farms are defined as farming and/or ranching units that
  • Produce food, fiber, silage or forage crops,
  • Are recognized as a functioning farm where agricultural production is the primary or substantial means of family income (rural residences that are not farms producing products for sale are not eligible),
  • The family is continually engaged in strategic management and day-to-day operational decisions, and provides a substantial amount of on-site labor to operate the farm.
What is the amount of the payments?
Successful applicants will receive a one-time $500 emergency relief payment.

What can the funds be used for?
Relief payments are intended as emergency relief only.  Use of the funds is restricted to household expenses, such as groceries, home utilities, medical bills, or other household expenses not directly related to the commercial operation of the farm or ranch.  The funds may not be used for any business expense or investment.

Assessment criteria
The criteria by which the applications will be assessed are as follows:
  • Family farms (please refer to above explanation) within covered geographic area
  • Severity of economic loss caused by Hurricane Harvey
Application review
Applications will be reviewed by a panel of at least three individuals appointed by TOFGA, to include TOFGA representatives, community members, and area farmers.  Applications will be reviewed as they are received. The review panel will confirm criteria and need. Checks will be issued to approved applicants within one week of application receipt.

Application assistance
Please contact Andrew Smiley, or 512-413-7774 for assistance with this application.