America Division of Agriculture (USDA) has outlined a variety of help programmes for dairy farmers in California impacted by extreme flooding in latest days.

Storms and heavy rain has induced important flooding in giant components of the state with hundreds of houses and farms evacuated.

California is the most important producer of milk in the US and Tulare county is the worst flood-affected area.

Western United Dairy (WUD) is a voluntary membership organisation representing greater than 60% of the milk produced in California.

CEO OF WUD, Anja Raudabaugh, said: “Our milkers and our truck drivers are having such a tricky time slogging [through] all of it and we’re so grateful. Hoping for a Presidential Catastrophe Declaration.”

Picture: Anja Raudabaugh Twitter

A spokesperson for USDA advised Agriland: “Dairy farmers in California affected by flooding might be eligible for the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) and Emergency Help for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP).

“LIP offers help for livestock dying losses in extra of regular mortality. ELAP offers help for livestock feed and grazing losses.

“Moreover, dairy producers may be eligible for help by means of the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP), which offers monetary and technical help to revive fencing, take away particles, substitute broken irrigation methods, and land levelling.”

Kings and Tulare County farmers rallied over 65 tractor/trailers to make protected a 6,500 dairy cow herd. Picture: Anja Raudabaugh Twitter

The chief government of the WUD has said that lots of of hundreds of acres are absolutely inundated within the area.

Raudabaugh defined that feed has been worn out: “How a lot feed? All of it. Each stalk of wheat is gone and corn received’t be planted till June at this price or possibly by no means.

“Human life continues to be the precedence, however dairy is excessive up on that checklist. It’s clear this would be the worst historic flood to hit the Tulare Lake farming group; will take years to maneuver the water out.

“Enterprise as common shall be not possible and plenty of household farms are finished,” she mentioned.

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Picture: Anja Raudabaugh Twitter