Kincade Fire Recovery Resources

Fire damaged farm with silo

It’s time to help farmers, ranchers, and livestock displaced by the Kincade Fire. These monetary donations will be used to purchase feed and supplies generously contributed at cost by local retailers.

All funds donated will go directly to farmers, ranchers, and their livestock.

We are happy to announce that American AgCredit has generously offered a matching program up to $25,000 for all donations collected through this fund. That means every dollar you donate, will become $2 dollars for those in need.


It’s time to help a family with a deep history in Sonoma County. The 107-year-old Oak Ridge Angus Ranch – the LaFranchi Ranch – lost all their barns, homes and hay supply in the Kincaid Fire.

Cheryl and Frank are our friends, high school classmates, veterinarian, and fellow ranchers. They have shown up with animals for demonstrations, Ag Days and livestock judging contests. How often has Frank responded in the middle of the night to an animal or need or volunteered his time to help at our local fairs?

Cheryl and Frank have always stepped up when we needed them..and now it’s our turn to step-up for them and all those impacted; Eric and Stephanie, Logan & Taylor, and Jordan, Alicia, and Debbie.

Every dollar donated to the Oak Ridge Angus Ranch fund will go toward purchasing and delivering hay and other essential supplies directly to the ranch, family members, and workers who have been displaced by this tragic event.


Resources for Recovery

Farmers and ranchers, if you need help please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Call (707) 544-5575 or email relief@sonomafb.org
For emergency situations please contact Tawny Tesconi
Call (707) 480-6947 or email tawny@sonomafb.org


National

In 2017 the FSA was listed to offer various types of support to affected farmers, such as:

  • Emergency Loan Program (EM) ( this is a loan with interest)
  • Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) (dead animals)
  • Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) (debris removal/fence replacement/ drip, above ground pipeline, tanks)
  • Tree Assistance Program (TAP) (cost share to help replant trees or vines) Emergency Assistance for Livestock Program (ELAP). (
  • Pasture losses, stored feed losses including honey bees, and fish farm losses)
  • Wildfire Hurricane Indemnity Program + (WHIP+) (tree & vine losses, production losses for insured crops)

Farm Service Agency Disaster Assistance Programs

Click HEREto view the Farm Service Agency Disaster Assistance Program at a Glance

Loans for losses to crops, trees, livestock, farm land and farm property

Farm land damage


Local

  • The Sonoma County Farm Bureau is helping to connect members with hay, water and other resources nessary for livestock, fundraising to help those with livestock who have been impacted by the fires, and working closely with the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies to help farmers and ranchers access their livestock and properties. Contact us if you need help with livestock transportation or need feed or water for displaced livestock. We are here to help.
  • The Sonoma RCD will be immediately available to provide technical assistance site visits. Staff will meet with the landowner at their property and provide advice on natural resource issues such as post-fire erosion or damage to trees and forests. Contact: Shannon Drew, sdrew@sonomarcd.org, 707-569-1448 x110.

We are here to help!

Filling out grant applications and assistance forms can be daunting. Sonoma County Farm Bureau staff members are happy to help our members complete the necessary paperwork so that you can get the funding and support you need in the aftermath of the Kincade Fire for FREE. We will travel to you to collect the necessary information.

If you are not a Farm Bureau member, please consider joining. We are offering 1/2 off of our membership dues. Contact Rebecca Pate, Director of Community Outreach and Membership, (707) 544-5575 or rebecca@sonomafb.org today!


Unemployment Forms & Claim Filing Information (Disaster Unemployment Assistance)

Visit https://www.edd.ca.gov/claims.htm for links to Unemployment Insurance information and claim filing. Applicants can also apply by phone at (800) 300-5616. This number is only available from 8:00 a.m. to noon.

Sonoma County Job Link’s website is https://sonomawib.org/ is the one-stop employment resource Center for Sonoma County. Employment Development Department staff can assist with filing claims.

Click HERE to download the Unemployment Insurance Application in English

Click HERE to download the Unemployment Insurance Application in Spanish


City of Santa Rosa- Know Your Alerts

City of Santa Rosa- Emergency Preparedness for Business

More information can be found at srcity.org/emergency.


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