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Mission and History

On February 17th, 2012, the Agricultural Flood Management Alliance (AFMA) was formed as a coalition of local agencies, organizations, and individuals interested in protecting the long-term viability of agricultural communities, industries, and operations located in the regulatory floodplain.  These communities have a significant historic cultural presence and play an integral role in the viability of agriculture locally, regionally, and nationally.

The Alliance strongly supports the mission of FEMA and the NFIP to identify and mitigate flood risk and protect life and property in all floodplain communities.  However, the Alliance is concerned that the current approach under the NFIP places a disproportionately impactful economic burden on agricultural communities in the mapping of SFHAs which imposes highly-restrictive flood protection regulations and establishes burdensome flood insurance rates.  In particular, changes must be made to the building limitations on structures needed to support agricultural production, storage, and processing.  Further, flood insurance must be offered at a rate which is variable depending upon the risk, but which makes flood insurance a meaningful and affordable option for the property owner.

The Alliance is also concerned about the small dependant towns located adjacent to these agricultural communities.  The fate of these small communities has a direct bearing on the sustainability of agriculture in the regulatory floodplain as these are the communities where people gather to worship, shop, socialize, educate their children, and conduct business.  The NFIP does not currently take into consideration the unique interdependency and tenuous economic balance that exists between the agriculture industry and adjacent small communities as compared to urbanized economies. Without recognizing the unique characteristics of agricultural and small communities in the NFIP structure, and by instead applying an urban-focused flood insurance standard, the existing agriculture enterprises and their dependent small communities will continue to degrade and ultimately fade away.

AFMA is pursuing the creation of a new agricultural flood hazard area under the NFIP.  This new zone would apply to established agricultural areas that would otherwise be mapped into the 100-year floodplain and would help ensure that agriculture and the communities it supports continue to thrive.

Executive Committee

Guiding Principles