Note from NRCS: For any other particular slopes/banks that a person is concerned about moving this winter, NRCS recommends placing at least 1 T-post or piece of rebar at the edge of the concerned area. Place the post/rebar about 2-3 feet into the ground and then, using bright paint, paint a line where the post/rebar meets the soil. On larger areas, 3 – 5 T posts may be recommended. (If the monitoring post is in an area with vehicle or pedestrian access, you may also want to paint the top of the post or place brightly colored flags to notify others of the potential tripping hazard.)
When taking photographs of the T posts for monitoring purposes, take one close up and one further away to help visualize any overall changes in the landscape. If more than 2-3 T posts are placed in the landscape, it may be helpful to number them in some way above the bright paint to help track pictures or use geotagging on your camera. This monitoring plan will help you visualize how much if any, the soil moves this year.
At this time there is no disaster assistance to cover losses due to smoke taint. NVG is advocating for you and encourages you to reach out to legislators to request additional assistance.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) USDA has available assistance for agricultural producers affected by the recent wildfires. Seek assistance from your local NRCS representative - Evelyn Denzin (707-690-3126).
Disaster Resource Center - central source of assistance information that utilizes a searchable knowledge base of disaster-related resources from USDA and other disaster assistance organizations
Disaster Assistance Discovery Tool - specifically targeted to rural and agricultural issues that generates personalized results identifying which USDA disaster assistance programs can help them recover from a natural disaster
Emergency Loan Program - provides eligible farmers low-interest loans to help them recover from production and physical losses. For production losses, a 30% reduction in a primary crop in a designated or contiguous county is required; losses to quality, such as receiving a 30% reduced price for damaged crops, may be eligible for assistance, too
Tree Assistance Program (TAP) - Growers who have lost vineyards due to fire and smoke must apply within 90 days for assistance from
Emergency Conservation Program - Cost share program for rehabilitating farmland and conservation structures with a payment limitation of $500K per person
Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loans
SBA Loans - available to businesses to repair or replace disaster-damaged property, inventory, and supplies