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79 Georgia Counties Designated Natural Disaster Areas

By: USDA Email
By: USDA Email

Press Release: USDA

WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2013 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 79 counties as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rain that began April 1, 2013, and continuing.

Those counties are:

Appling
Clinch
Grady
Macon
Atkinson
Coffee
Greene
Madison
Bacon
Colquitt
Gwinnett
Miller
Baker
Cook
Hancock
Mitchell
Baldwin
Crawford
Hart
Montgomery
Banks
Crisp
Irwin
Morgan
Barrow
Decatur
Jackson
Newton
Ben Hill
De Kalb
Jasper
Oconee
Berrien
Echols
Jeff Davis
Oglethorpe
Bleckley
Effingham
Jefferson
Peach
Brantley
Elbert
Jenkins
Pierce
Brooks
Emanuel
Johnson
Putnam
Bryan
Fannin
Jones
Rockdale
Burke
Franklin
Lanier
Screven
Chatham
Gilmer
Laurens
Seminole
Clarke
Glascock
Lowndes
Taylor
Telfair
Thomas
Tift
Towns
Treutlen
Turner
Twiggs
Union
Walton
Ware
Washington
Wayne
Wheeler
Wilcox
Wilkinson

"Our hearts go out to those Georgia farmers and ranchers affected by recent natural disasters," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "President Obama and I are committed to ensuring that agriculture remains a bright spot in our nation's economy by sustaining the successes of America's farmers, ranchers and rural communities through these difficult times. We're also telling Georgia producers that USDA stands with you and your communities when severe weather and natural disasters threaten to disrupt your livelihood."

Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Georgia also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous.

Those counties are:

Bibb
Dooly
Henry
Monroe
Bulloch
Dougherty
Houston
Murray
Butts
Early
Lee
Pickens
Calhoun
Evans
Liberty
Pulaski
Camden
Forsyth
Lincoln
Rabun
Candler
Fulton
Long
Richmond
Charlton
Glynn
Lumpkin
Schley
Clayton
Gordon
McDuffie
Stephens
Dawson
Habersham
McIntosh
Sumter
Dodge
Hall
Marion
Talbot
Taliaferro
Tattnall
Toombs
Upson
Warren
White
Wilkes
Worth

Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Alabama, Florida, also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous.

Those counties are:

Alabama
Houston
Florida
Baker
Gadsden
Jackson
Leon
Columbia
Hamilton
Jefferson
Madison

All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas Sept. 25, 2013, making all qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for low interest emergency (EM) loans from USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA), provided eligibility requirements are met. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses. FSA will consider each loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability. FSA has a variety of programs, in addition to the EM loan program, to help eligible farmers recover from adversity.

Additional programs available to assist farmers and ranchers include the Emergency Conservation Program, Federal Crop Insurance, and the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program. Interested farmers may contact their local USDA Service Centers for further information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for these and other programs. Additional information is also available online at http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov.

Secretary Vilsack also reminds producers that Congress has not funded the five disaster assistance programs authorized by the 2008 Farm Bill. These are SURE; the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP); the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-Raised Fish (ELAP); the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP); and the Tree Assistance Program (TAP). Production losses due to disasters occurring after Sept. 30, 2011, are not eligible for disaster program coverage.


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