The ODAP resources webpage will be updated, and ODA will share another message soon to announce the participating lenders, the official launch of ODAP, and other critical information. These funds are best for farmers that have 2017-2019 Schedule F paperwork to determine a 3-year baseline farm gross income.
However, if farmers do not have a Schedule F for those years, farmers can use 2020 Schedule F or National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) to help determine a 3-year baseline. ODAP will accept applications for 4 weeks before awarding assistance. Once the application window is closed, applications will be reviewed, and ODAP will prioritize payments based on loss reported starting with the hardest hit. ODAP will make assistance payments until available funds cannot meet the approved requests. ODA may conduct a second application period based on available funds.
You can find a sample of the application on the ODA Drought and Disaster Resource webpage. In efforts to reduce the burden on producers, , a sample independent verification form is available on the website that a certified CPA, tax attorney, or similar may complete on behalf of the applicant.
If the ODAP is not the best fit for farmers, there are additional grant funds available through the Oregon Community Food Systems Network, which is now open. This grant program was created for farms who are not eligible for, or cannot feasibly apply for, federal disaster relief and/or a forgivable loan from the Oregon Disaster Assistance Program. Applicants must be small-scale farmers and ranchers who are actively working the land located within the state of Oregon, derive a portion of their income from their own farm business, and are involved in the day-to-day operations of the farm. Preference will be given to farmers and ranchers from populations historically experiencing the greatest systemic inequities and who are most likely to fall through the cracks of our traditional safety nets. For this reason, farmers of color, immigrant farmers, and undocumented farmers will be given preference, but we encourage all farmers to apply.
Lastly, USDA announced information on upcoming federal disaster assistance programs. ODA encourages everyone who has been impacted by adverse weather to contact their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office for additional information. Farmers are not disqualified from accessing ODAP funds if they also apply for FSA funds, however, a portion of the ODAP loan will need to be repaid if FSA funds are received.