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GFB taking applications for hurricane damage assistance

Georgia Farm Bureau is now accepting applications from farmers who sustained agricultural damage from Hurricane Michael in all counties declared primary disaster areas by the USDA and counties contiguous to the primary disaster counties. Producers who reside in those counties are eligible to apply for relief funds provided they meet the qualifications.

“Georgia Farm Bureau members have always stepped up to help their neighbors in times of need,” GFB President Gerald Long said. “It will require years for some of those affected by this disaster to fully recover.”

The counties designated as primary disaster areas are: Appling, Atkinson, Bacon, Baker, Ben Hill, Berrien, Bibb, Bleckley, Brantley, Brooks, Bulloch, Burke, Calhoun, Candler, Charlton, Clay, Clinch, Coffee, Colquitt, Cook, Crawford, Crisp, Decatur, Dodge, Dooly, Dougherty, Early, Echols, Emanuel, Evans, Glascock, Grady, Hancock, Houston, Irwin, Jeff Davis, Jefferson, Jenkins, Johnson, Lanier, Laurens, Lee, Long, Lowndes, Macon, Miller, Mitchell, Montgomery, Peach, Pierce, Pulaski, Quitman, Randolph, Schley, Screven, Seminole, Stewart, Sumter, Tattnall, Taylor, Telfair, Terrell, Thomas, Tift, Toombs, Treutlen, Turner, Twiggs, Ware, Washington, Wayne, Webster, Wheeler, Wilcox, Wilkinson and Worth.

The contiguous counties are: Baldwin, Bryan, Camden, Chattahoochee, Effingham, Glynn, Greene, Jones, Liberty, McDuffie, McIntosh, Marion, Monroe, Putnam, Richmond, Talbot, Taliaferro, Upson and Warren.

To be eligible, farmers must hold a current valid GATE card number issued through the Georgia Department of Agriculture. Applications for assistance will be available in Georgia Farm Bureau county offices and may be downloaded from Applications for assistance must be submitted no later than Feb. 1.

The Georgia Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture will distribute funds to eligible farmers who have suffered agricultural losses, met Foundation prerequisites, have applied for assistance, and have been screened by members of the GFB Foundation for Agriculture Board. These funds are intended to fill existing gaps not being met by the other areas of assistance. Losses covered by the Foundation assistance may include but are not limited to fencing, crop, and livestock.

One hundred percent of the donations collected will be distributed to those who incurred losses related to Hurricane Michael. Contributions to the Foundation are tax deductible. For information about making a donation, visit