Dakota Family Farm & Ranch Relief Funds⸺Application for a one-time $500 emergency household relief payment for farmers and ranchers

  •  Funds provided by Farm Aid and administered by Dakota Rural Action in South Dakota and Dakota Resource Council in North Dakota. Funds for this relief effort are limited. Farm Aid and allied organizations are in the process of raising additional money to add to this fund. In light of this we will be offering these relief payments in a rolling fashion as they become available.
    • Who Can Apply?

      • Priority will be given to independent family farmers and ranchers who have experienced or expect to experience significant farm or ranch income loss; are unable to receive other relief funding; and/or are having trouble meeting basic family needs.
    • How do I apply?

      • Applications can be submitted online, which is preferred. However we will accept applications by mail.
        • APPLY ONLINE AT⸺



        • Print the application form at⸺
Dakota Family Farm & Ranch Relief PRINT APPLICATION
        • And mail form to⸺
Dakota Rural Action
PO BOX 549
Brookings, SD 57006

***PLEASE NOTE⸺ We encourage application submission as quickly as possible, using the online form whenever possible. Funds are limited and will be awarded on a first come first serve basis.***

For more information or if you have any questions about this or other relief efforts, please contact Jordan Walker, 605-697-5204 ext 250, relief@dakotarural.org.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed weekly until funds run out. Preferred method for processing payments is direct deposit; checks will be cut weekly for payments not processed via direct deposit.

We know $500 isn’t enough during this hard time. We also know the hard times didn’t begin with the outbreak of Covid-19. In light of this, here is a quick guide for farmers and ranchers to Navigating COVID-19 Relief for Farmers. This guide was created by Farm Aid, Farmers’ Legal Action Group (FLAG), Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative, Intertribal Agriculture Council, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, and Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA. Please take a look at the attached list of resources and support available to farmers to aid in recovery. A full 63 page guide is available at: http://www.flaginc.org/covid-19-guide/. This full online version of the guide is being updated as new information or new COVID-19 related agricultural relief programs become available. 

We are grateful for the support of Farm Aid and other donors who have made this funding possible. In these challenging times, we hope that your recovery from the COVID-19 crisis is as swift as possible.

Dakota Rural Action also wants to share and highlight the good thinking being done by other organizations proposing short and long-term policy solutions as well as general information about the virus. These groups include:

We also commit to doing our best to stay up-to-date on the needs of our members, producers and communities, the opportunities and resources offered by others and the resources that will be made available in the future.

In Need of Help with Immediate Emotional or Mental Stress

If you find yourself in a bad place and in need of immediate help, please call and talk to someone. Members and staff at Dakota Rural Action and Dakota Resource Council are not professional councilors but we care deeply about you and your family. Please if nothing else contact us and we’ll do what we can to help. Call Jordan Walker, 605-697-5204 ext 250, relief@dakotarural.org if you’re in South Dakota; and Mary Swanson, 701-224-8587, farmrelief@drcinfo.com if you’re from North Dakota.

Here are some resources you can also turn to:

  • Farm Aid Farmer Hotline: 1-800-327-6243
  • Catholic Social Services, Rapid City: 605-348-6048; www.cssrapidcity.com
  • Catholic Family Services, Sioux Falls; 1-800-700-7867; sfcatholic.org/cfs
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
  • National Farmers Union: farmercrisis.nfu.org
  • Avera Farm and Stress Hotline: 800-691-4336

If you know of other resources available and would like us to add them to this list, please contact Dakota Rural Action.