WASHINGTON, Nov. 15, 2017 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 83 counties in Georgiaas primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by Hurricane Irma that occurred from Sept. 10 through Sept. 12, 2017.

USDA Designates 83 Counties in Georgia as Primary Natural Disaster Areas with Assistance to Producers in Surrounding States

Release No. 0143.17

Wayne Maloney
202-720-6107
Wayne.Maloney@wdc.usda.gov
 

USDA Designates 83 Counties in Georgia as Primary Natural Disaster Areas with Assistance to Producers in Surrounding States

WASHINGTON, Nov. 15, 2017 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 83 counties in Georgia as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by Hurricane Irma that occurred from Sept. 10 through Sept. 12, 2017. Those counties are:

Appling

Crisp

Lee

Stewart

Atkinson

Decatur

Liberty

Sumter

Bacon

Dodge

Long

Tattnall

Baker

Dooly

Lowndes

Taylor

Ben Hill

Echols

McIntosh

Telfair

Berrien

Effingham

Macon

Terrell

Bibb

Emanuel

Marion

Thomas

Bleckley

Evans

Miller

Tift

Brantley

Glascock

Mitchell

Toombs

Brooks

Glynn

Monroe

Treutlen

Burke

Grady

Montgomery

Turner

Butts

Hancock

Peach

Twiggs

Camden

Houston

Pierce

Upson

Candler

Irwin

Pike

Ware

Charlton

Jasper

Pulaski

Washington

Clay

Jeff Davis

Putnam

Wayne

Clinch

Jefferson

Randolph

Webster

Coffee

Jenkins

Schley

Wheeler

Colquitt

Johnson

Screven

Wilcox

Cook

Lamar

Seminole

Worth

Crawford

Lanier

Spalding

 

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

Baldwin

Coweta

Jones

Quitman

Bryan

Dougherty

Laurens

Richmond

Bulloch

Early

McDuffie

Talbot

Calhoun

Fayette

Meriwether

Taliaferro

Chatham

Greene

Morgan

Warren

Chattahoochee

Henry

Newton

Wilkinson

Clayton

 

 

 

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

Alabama
Barbour, Henry, Houston and Russell

Florida
Baker, Columbia, Gadsden, Hamilton, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Madison and Nassau

South Carolina
Aiken, Allendale, Barnwell, Hampton and Jasper

All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas on Nov. 13, 2017, making all qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for FSA’s emergency (EM) loans, 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.

Other FSA programs that can provide assistance, but do not require a disaster declaration, include Operating and Farm Ownership Loans; the Emergency Conservation Program; Livestock Forage Disaster Program;Livestock Indemnity Program; Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program; and the Tree 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.

FSA news releases are available on FSA’s website at www.fsa.usda.gov via the “Newsroom” link.

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