Federal Disaster Relief Programs

CED-78-13: Published: Nov 17, 1977. Publicly Released: Sep 8, 1978.

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Information on federal disaster relief programs, which is based on data contained in GAO-issued reports and a report soon to be issued and in Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports, is submitted for inclusion in a Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry print. The material includes information on: protecting against production loss; protecting against loss from disease, poisoning, or contamination; providing emergency credit assistance; and providing emergency livestock feed assistance. Federal protection against production loss is provided in the form of the Commodity Credit Corporation's (CCC) disaster payment program and the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation's crop insurance program. The Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS) provides protection against loss from disease, poisoning, and contamination through its beekeeper indemnity payment program. Emergency credit assistance is provided through the Farmers Home Administration's emergency loan program. Emergency livestock feed assistance is provided through the emergency livestock feed program administered by CCC, the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Federal Disaster Assistance Administration's (FDAA) emergency feed program, the FDAA hay transportation assistance program administered by ASCS, and the FDAA cattle transportation assistance program, also administered by ASCS.

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