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Federal resources available to aid in tropical storm recovery


By: Georgia Farm Bureau
9/20/2017 1:46:42 PM


Farmers affected by Tropical Storm Irma may have access to a variety of federal assistance to help them recover.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, during his visit to Georgia on Sept. 15, encouraged farmers and ranchers who sustained damage from the storm to contact the USDA's offices. In a tweet on Sept. 18 he said the department would expedite aid. USDA Rural Development will provide tools and flexibility on loans as farmers work to recover.

Farmers may find out what assistance is available by contacting the following agencies:

Farm Service Agency

USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA), is authorizing emergency procedures on a case-by-case basis to assist impacted borrowers, livestock owners, contract growers, and other producers. These measures apply only to counties impacted by a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration-determined tropical storm, typhoon, or hurricane, including Harvey and Irma that have received a primary Presidential Disaster Declaration and those counties contiguous to such designated counties. The FSA also administers the Emergency Conservation Program, which helps farmers and ranchers to repair damage to farmlands caused by natural disasters.

USDA Rural Development

USDA Rural Development business programs can help provide financial relief to small businesses as a result of natural disasters.

Natural Resources Conservation Service

Risk Management Agency


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