Oregon Agriculture

​​​Oregon Disaster Assistance Program (ODAP)

​Applications available May 9 - June 3, 2022

On December 13, 2021, the Oregon Legislature approved SB 892, which established the framework for a unique disaster assistance program for Oregon’s farmers and ranchers recovering from natural disasters in 2021. The program is structured as a forgivable loan to provide state level assistance to fill gaps in federal disaster programs or act as bridge loan until Oregon’s producers can receive certain USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) disaster assistance.

Oregon’s farmers and ranchers experienced impacts from compounding natural disasters in 2021 that brought historical levels of drought, record setting heat, wildfires and smoke, ice and winter storms, and other residual effects of the disasters. Oregon Governor Kate Brown and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack toured a marionberry farm and hosted a roundtable with producers around the state to discuss the impacts across Oregon’s agricultural communities.

The Oregon Disaster Assistance Program (ODAP) calculates assistance for eligible farmers and ranchers in Oregon on lost gross farm income. 

  • ​ODAP is based on tax filing from 2017, 2018, and 2019 to establish a three-year baseline of what a producer could have reasonably expected in farm income without disaster impacts. Using producers 2021 gross farm income, the difference between 2021 income and the three-year baseline is considered loss due to natural disasters.

  • The maximum assistance is $125,000 or 90% of the three-year baseline. Producers who meet the USDA definition of a historically underserved producer or has less than $350,000 in gross income may qualify for maximum assistance is $150,000 or 95% of the three-year baseline.

ODAP payments are intended to extend financial support to help producers remain solvent and continue to produce Oregon quality products for years to come. Assistance will be forgiven unless the producer receives assistance under ODAP and certain USDA FSA disaster assistance. USDA FSA disaster assistance will be reported back for redetermination for any repayment or forgiveness.

Official applications will be provided by one of the lenders, however, a sample application may be downloaded for reference purposes.​

Program details

Application process

To help reduce access barriers, ODAP will be administered by banks and credit unions who are familiar with agriculture. 

Applications will be available until June 3, 2022, when assistance will begin to be processed. Based on available funds, ODAP may conduct a second round of applications.

​Lenders who are accepting applications beginning on May 9: 

​For applicants​ who need to use NASS data to complete their applications and determine the three-year baseline, use your primary business or NAISC Code and approximate farm size as reported on the application to determine the reportable income to complete the three-year baseline.

Official applications will be provided by one of the lenders, however, a sample application may be downloaded for reference purposes. ​

ODAP independent verification form

The ODAP application uses tax information related to income from farming and ranching activities in Oregon. 

All applicants will be required to provide: 

  • proof of income and/or expenses by providing copies of applicable tax documents or,as an alternative, applicants may submit the ODAP independent income/expense verification form.​
  • as an alternative, applicants may submit the ODAP independent income/expense verification form.​

When possible, it is recommended to use the ODAP independent verification form along with an official application through a participating lender. 

​Frequently asked questions

To help answer commonly asked questions please read the FAQs. For all other questions contact ODA or a participating lender. 

USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA)

The USDA FSA has offices around Oregon to best serve Oregon farmers and ranchers. FSA administers USDA a variety of programs to help farmers, ranchers, communities, and businesses that have been hard hit by natural disaster events. Below you’ll find available FSA programs; visit farmers.gov for additional USDA programs that can help agricultural producers recover.

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How prepared is your farm for a major natural disaster, disease outbreak, or accident?

You can improve your farm's ability to cope with a disaster:

  • Develop a business continuity plan that describes how you will continue to operate after a major disruption
  • Enroll in insurance programs appropriate to your operation
  • Learn more about business continuity planning and disaster assistance by visiting the resources below
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Disaster assistance

Federal disaster information clearing house

Disaster assistance website

Find your local USDA Service Center

USDA Service Centers locator

IRS Disaster Assistance and Emergency Relief

IRS Disaster Assistance

Oregon Office of Emergency Management

Oregon Office of Emergency Management

Penn State disaster planning tool for agriculture

Disaster and defense preparedness for production agriculture. ReadyAg disaster preparedness workbook

USDA FSA Disaster Assistance programs

Farm Service Agency Disaster Assistance

​​​Drought information

Drought information from Oregon Water Resources

Drought information

Governor's Drought Watch in Oregon

State of Oregon policy office on drought. State of Oregon Drought Watch

Oregon Health Authority: Public health information about drought

Drought in Oregon

Oregon State University drought resources for livestock producers

Livestock water management during a drought

Oregon Water Resources Department: Saving water on the farm or ranch

Tips to save water on the farm or ranch

U.S. Drought Monitor

Regularly updated drought map for the state of Oregon. State of Oregon drought map

USDA Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

In response to historic drought conditions, USDA is offering $41.8 million through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to help agricultural producers in Arizona, California, Colorado and Oregon alleviate the immediate impacts of drought and other natural resource challenges on working lands. Apply by July 12, 2021. USDA to Invest $41.8 Million in Conservation Assistance

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Drought Resources

USDA NRCS drought resources

​Stress assistance

Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network

Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network

Farmer Resource Network from Farm Aid

Connect with helpful services, resources and opportunities specific to your individual needs.Farm Aid Hotline
1-800-327-6243
Farmer Resource Network

National Farmers Union Farm Crisis Center

A compilation of resources to help farmers through stressful times. Farm Crisis Center

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support.1-800-273-8255
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline website

Western Regional Agricultural Stress Assistance Program

A network that assists farmers, ranchers, and other agriculture-related workers in times of stress. Western Regional Agricultural Stress Assistance

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​​Conta​ct​

Alan Hanson
Oregon Disaster Assistance Program, Program Manager
635 Capitol Street NE
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: 503-949-2993
Karla Valness
Special Assistant to the Director
635 Capitol Street NE
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: 503-986-4554

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