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.

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

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:

ApplingCrispLeeStewart
AtkinsonDecaturLibertySumter
BaconDodgeLongTattnall
BakerDoolyLowndesTaylor
Ben HillEcholsMcIntoshTelfair
BerrienEffinghamMaconTerrell
BibbEmanuelMarionThomas
BleckleyEvansMillerTift
BrantleyGlascockMitchellToombs
BrooksGlynnMonroeTreutlen
BurkeGradyMontgomeryTurner
ButtsHancockPeachTwiggs
CamdenHoustonPierceUpson
CandlerIrwinPikeWare
CharltonJasperPulaskiWashington
ClayJeff DavisPutnamWayne
ClinchJeffersonRandolphWebster
CoffeeJenkinsSchleyWheeler
ColquittJohnsonScrevenWilcox
CookLamarSeminoleWorth
CrawfordLanierSpalding 

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

BaldwinCowetaJonesQuitman
BryanDoughertyLaurensRichmond
BullochEarlyMcDuffieTalbot
CalhounFayetteMeriwetherTaliaferro
ChathamGreeneMorganWarren
ChattahoocheeHenryNewtonWilkinson
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.

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