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GFB President Responds to Disaster Assistance Bill

Posted on Jun 04, 2019 at 0:00 AM


CONTACT: Jeffrey Harvey




MACON, Ga. – The following quote can be attributed to Georgia Farm Bureau President Gerald Long in response to the passage of H.R. 2157, the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act of 2019. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the bill June 3 with a 354-58 vote. The bill includes funding to assist farmers in their recovery from Hurricane Michael, which struck Southwest Georgia on Oct. 10, 2018, leaving an estimated $2.5 billion of agricultural damage in its wake.


“We’re thankful the disaster assistance bill finally made it through Congress. Georgia’s farmers and rural communities devastated by Hurricane Michael last October desperately need help. Many farmers have delayed planting because of financial shortfalls and uncertainty resulting from the hurricane. We’re grateful to all of the members of Georgia’s Congressional delegation who worked tirelessly to get this bill to the finish line in a bipartisan effort to help our farmers and rural residents rebuild from a storm that did generational damage to Georgia agriculture.”


Georgia Farm Bureau appreciates the support President Trump and the USDA have given America’s farmers.GFB is optimistic President Donald Trump will sign the bill soon so the USDA can begin work to get funds to farmers who need to pay off loans to close out the 2018 crop year.


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