MACON, Ga. — The Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) is working with the USDA to finalize details for the Georgia Farm Recovery Block Grant, which will cover qualifying losses from Hurricane Michael not covered by other USDA disaster programs. To help farmers prepare for the application process, GDA has released an application guide, detailed below, to explain the enrollment process and proof-of-loss documents needed to apply for block recovery funds.
There will be a three-week sign-up period. Farmers can use the application guide to begin collecting relevant documents and information so they can submit their application quickly and efficiently when the sign-up period begins.
From the GDA:
Farmers who suffered losses to infrastructure, timber, beef, dairy, poultry, fruit and vegetables or pecans due to Hurricane Michael will be eligible to enroll in Georgia’s Farm Recovery Block Grant at www.farmrecovery.com.
Farmers in the following 95 counties are eligible: Appling, Atkinson, Bacon, Baker, Baldwin, Ben Hill, Berrien, Bibb, Bleckley, Brantley, Brooks, Bryan, Bulloch, Burke, Calhoun, Camden, Candler, Charlton, Chattahoochee, Clay, Clinch, Coffee, Colquitt, Cook, Crawford, Crisp, Decatur, Dodge, Dooly, Dougherty, Early, Echols, Effingham, Emanuel, Evans, Glascock, Glynn, Grady, Greene, Hancock, Houston, Irwin, Jeff Davis, Jefferson, Jenkins, Johnson, Jones, Lanier, Laurens, Lee, Liberty, Long, Lowndes, McDuffie, McIntosh, Macon, Marion, Miller, Mitchell, Monroe, Montgomery, Peach, Pierce, Pulaski, Putnam, Quitman, Randolph, Richmond, Schley, Screven, Seminole, Stewart, Sumter, Talbot, Taliaferro, Tattnall, Taylor, Telfair, Terrell, Thomas, Tift, Toombs, Treutlen, Turner, Twiggs, Upson, Ware, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Webster, Wheeler, Wilcox, Wilkinson, Worth.
The enrollment process will take place entirely online at www.farmrecovery.com. Once the application opens, eligible producers should create a www.farmrecovery.com account to add required information and upload documents. Applicants can save their application to finish later throughout the three-week enrollment period. Please monitor the website for more information on the application dates and deadlines.
All required documents must be scanned and uploaded to the online application. Mailed applications or documents will not be accepted.
This guide is to prepare eligible producers to complete the Recovery Block Grant application.
Producers should begin collecting appropriate documents and information including but not limited to:
• Numbers: Addresses of the physical locations of damage including GPS (latitude and longitude) coordinates; itemized losses by commodity for each location.
• Documents: Recommended but not required – 2018 Property Tax Assessment.
• Documents: Conception loss – producer records for conception and breeding certified by veterinarian or third party; mortality – approved application for livestock indemnity program (producers who do not have this form may provide a certification of loss by a third party or veterinarian).
• Documents: Conception loss – producer records for conception and breeding certified by veterinarian or third party; mortality – approved application for livestock indemnity program; producers who do not have this form may provide a certification of loss by a third party or veterinarian; disease loss – records of documented cases of mastitis immediately before and after the storm; milking impacts – milk production records for October and November 2017 to compare to October and November 2018.
Fruit and Vegetable
• Numbers – Only acres with 15 percent crop loss or higher are eligible for payment; acres of plasticulture production damaged; acres of bare ground production damaged.
• Documents: recommended but not required – production and planting reports.
• Numbers: Total number of trees destroyed; total number of trees and acres in production.
• Documents: If applicable, a copy of application for Tree Assistance Program through USDA.
• Numbers (itemized per house): Square footage; type of production; insurance payments; number of days without birds.
• Documents: Casualty insurance receipts for destroyed and damaged houses.
• Documents: 2018 Property Tax Assessment; recommended but not required – IRS 4684 casualty loss form (producers who do not have this form may use a third-party certification of damage form); forest damage assessment property appraisal.
Uninsured Infrastructure Losses
• Numbers – Type of structure and associated commodity; square footage; value; cost to repair/reconstruct.
• Documents: Casualty insurance receipts.
• Numbers: Number of systems damaged and associated commodity; total linear feet; value; cost to repair/reconstruct.
• Documents: Casualty insurance receipts; 2018 Property Tax Assessment.
–Georgia Farm Bureau