- The below resources are specific to agriculture producers affected by the 2018 Kīlauea Eruption.
- Farming and livestock producers affected by the 2018 Kīlauea Eruption may contact the following agencies for disaster assistance and loans.
- Review Real Property Tax FAQs regarding agriculture use properties affected by the 2018 Kīlauea Eruption.
Farm Service Agency
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency offers the following programs:
- Non-insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP): Provides financial assistance to producers from low yields or crop losses due to natural disaster. Must already be in the program.
- Emergency Conservation Program (ECP): Provides emergency funding and technical assistance to farmers and ranchers to rehabilitate farmland damaged by natural disaster.
- Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm Raised Fish Program (ELAP): Provides assistance to eligible producers of livestock, honeybees and farm raised fish losses due to natural disaster. ELAP covers losses that are not covered under other disaster assistance programs.
- Tree Assistance Program (TAP): Provides financial assistance to eligible orchardists and nursery tree growers to replant or rehabilitate eligible trees, brushes and vines lost by natural disaster.
- Emergency Loan Program: Provides emergency loans to help eligible producers recover from production and physical losses due to natural disasters. Inquire also about our micro loans and operating loans.
- County Executive Director, Lester Ueda, 808-933-8381, ext 2. Email: Lester.Ueda@hi.usda.gov
- Farm Loan Programs manager, Linda Kow, 808-933-8381, extension 1. Email: Linda.Kow@hi.usda.gov
For more information contact:
The Kohala Center
The Kohala Center, with support from the Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture and the County of Hawai‘i, created the Hawai‘i Food Producers Fund to provide 0% interest loans to Hawai‘i food producers. Their goals are to increase the amount of capital available to local food producers and stimulate local food production.
Apply for the Hawai‘i Food Producers Fund.
Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture
Disaster-related emergency low-interest agricultural loans have been extended until June 2020 for farmers suffering damage due to volcanic activity. The Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Loan Division will process loan applications based on past farm production, projected cash flow and disaster recovery plans.
For additional information on the disaster loan program and microloan opportunities, visit the Agricultural Loan Division website or call Gareth Mendonsa at (808) 933-9977.
Farmers affected by the 2018 Kīlauea eruption or Hurricane Lane can apply for assistance through the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus, also known as WHIP+.
Eligible farmers can receive compensation of between 75% to 95% for the loss of value of trees, bushes and vines from disaster events. Aid recipients are required to purchase crop insurance for the next two years.
Eligibility will be determined based on the size of the loss and level of insurance coverage.
Farmers who did not insure their crops will receive 70% of the expected crop value, while farmers with insured crops will receive between 75% and 95% of expected value.
For more information, visit www.farmers.gov/recover/whip-plus.