Georgia counties receive disaster declarations due to Irma
On Nov. 13 the USDA issued disaster declarations for 83 Georgia counties to help farmers mitigate their losses caused by Tropical Storm Irma, which moved through the state between Sept. 10 and Sept. 15.
The following counties received primary disaster area designations: Appling, Atkinson, Bacon, Baker, Ben Hill, Berrien, Bibb, Bleckley, Brantley, Brooks, Burke, Butts, Camden, Candler, Charlton, Clay, Clinch, Coffee, Colquitt, Cook, Crawford, Crisp, Decatur, Dodge Dooly, Echols, Effingham, Emanuel, Evans, Glascock, Glynn, Grady, Hancock, Houston, Irwin, Jasper, Jeff Davis, Jefferson, Jenkins, Johnson, Lamar, Lanier, Lee, Liberty, Long, Lowndes, McIntosh, Macon, Marion, Miller, Mitchell, Monroe, Montgomery, Peach, Pierce, Pike, Pulaski, Putnam, Randolph, Schley, Screven, Seminole, Spalding, Stewart, Sumter, Tattnall, Taylor, Telfair, Terrell, Thomas, Tift, Toombs, Treutlen, Turner, Twiggs, Upson, Ware, Washington, Wayne, Webster, Wheeler, Wilcox and Worth.
An additional 25 counties qualify for USDA disaster assistance programs because they are contiguous to a primary county designation: Baldwin, Bryan, Bulloch, Calhoun, Chatham, Chattahoochee, Clayton, Coweta, Dougherty, Early, Fayette, Greene, Henry, Jones, Laurens, McDuffie, Meriwether, Morgan, Newton, Quitman, Richmond, Talbot, Taliaferro, Warren and Wilkinson.
Farmers in counties named either primary disaster areas or contiguous counties are 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.
Interested farmers may contact their local USDA Service Centers for more information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for these and other programs. Additional information is also available online at http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov.