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Georgia State Office

State Executive Director

Arthur L. Tripp, Jr.

Arthur L. Tripp, Jr.

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State Office Address

355 East Hancock Ave
STOP 100
Athens, Georgia 30601-2775
(706) 546-2266
(855) 409-5735

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USDA Service Centers Taking Precautionary Measures to Help Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus

USDA Service Centers Open for Business by Phone Appointment Only

U.S. Department of Agriculture Service Centers are encouraging visitors to take proactive protective measures to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

USDA Service Centers in Georgia will continue to be open for business by phone appointment only and field work will continue with appropriate social distancing. While our program delivery staff will continue to come into the office, they will be working with our producers by phone, and using online tools whenever possible. All Service Center visitors wishing to conduct business with the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, or any other Service Center agency are required to call their Service Center to schedule a phone appointment. In the event a Service Center is closed, producers can receive assistance from the closest alternate Service Center by phone.

Producers can find Service Center phone numbers at farmers.gov/service-center-locator.

FPAC agencies continue to look at the flexibilities to deliver programs on behalf of producers, just as they have in past situations, such as natural disasters. Farmers and ranchers are resilient and FPAC agencies will continue to deliver the farm safety net programs and resource conservation programs that keep American agriculture in business today and long into the future.

Online services are available to customers with an eAuth account, which provides access to the farmers.gov portal where producers can view USDA farm loan information and payments and view and track certain USDA program applications and payments. Online NRCS services are available to customers through the Conservation Client Gateway. Customers can track payments, report completed practices, request conservation assistance, and electronically sign documents. Customers who do not already have an eAuth account can enroll at farmers.gov/sign-in.

For the most current updates on available services and Service Center status visit farmers.gov/coronavirus.


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STAKEHOLDER NOTIFICATION

USDA Designates Four Georgia Counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

 

This Secretarial natural disaster designation allows the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) to extend much-needed emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters through emergency loans. Emergency loans can be used to meet various recovery needs including the replacement of essential items such as equipment or livestock, reorganization of a farming operation or the refinance of certain debts. FSA will review the loans based on the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability.

 

Impacted Area: Georgia


Triggering Disaster: Tropical Storm Elsa, excessive wind and excessive rainfall that occurred July 7, 2021

 

Application Deadline: June 20, 2022

 

Primary Counties Eligible: Echols, Lanier, Lowndes and Pierce

 

Contiguous Counties Also Eligible:

Georgia: Appling,Bacon,Brantley,Clinch,Ware,Atkinson,Berrien,Brooks,Cook,Wayne

Florida: Columbia, Hamilton and Madison


Conservation

Sale of Land Under CRP Contract

This is a reminder for Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) participants that land sold while under a CRP contract requires that money be refunded, unless there is a   successor-in-interest to the contract. Failure to get the buyer to assume a contract will result in the participant being required to refund all CRP rental payments, cost share payments, incentive payments, interest, and liquidated damages. Some CRP participants who sell their CRP land include a requirement in the sales contract that the new owner assume the CRP contract.  Thus, eliminating any violation.

Local FSA County Committees are required by regulations to terminate a CRP contract when the CRP participant loses control of the land and there is no successor-in-interest to the contract.  Please contact your local FSA County Office before you sell land that is currently in a CRP contract.

Violations under CRP Contract Period

This is a reminder for Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) participants that land enrolled in the CRP program must follow the terms and conditions applicable to the signed contract.  Any violations such as, but not limited to harvesting of trees, selling of land without a successor-in-interest to the contract, enrolling into other Federal conservation programs, and so forth will result in the termination of the contract and the participant being required to refund all CRP rental payments, cost share payments, incentive payments, interest and liquidated damages. 

Please contact your local FSA County Office if you have any questions regarding permitted and/or restricted activities on your CRP land.


Locate your local USDA Service Center

The Farm Service Agency is a federal agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Located in all 50 states, our mission is to help American farmers provide reasonably priced food and fiber to the nation and the world. The Georgia Farm Service Agency State Committee oversees the farm program activities of the agency. The members are appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture. They hear appeals from local farmers and guide the direction of farm program related agency policy.