MACON, Ga. — On June 3, the USDA declared eight Georgia counties as disaster areas as a result of wind and freeze events in March.
This natural disaster designation allows the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) to extend much-needed emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters through emergency loans. Emergency loans can be used to meet various recovery needs including the replacement of essential items such as equipment or livestock, reorganization of a farming operation or the refinance of certain debts. FSA will review the loans based on the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability.
The first disaster, for damage resulting from high winds March 1-30, includes primary counties Baldwin, Greene, Jasper, Jones, Morgan and Putnam counties. Producers in contiguous counties Bibb, Butts, Hancock, Monroe, Newton, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Taliaferro, Twiggs, Walton, Washington and Wilkinson are eligible for disaster assistance under this declaration.
The second disaster, for damage resulting from freeze, frost, ice, and high winds that occurred March 11-14, names Evans and Tattnall counties as primary disaster areas. Producers in contiguous counties Appling, Bryan, Bulloch, Candler, Emanuel, Liberty, Long, Toombs and Wayne, are also eligible for disaster assistance.
Producers in impacted areas have until Jan. 23, 2023, to apply for emergency assistance under this declaration.
On farmers.gov, the Disaster Assistance Discovery Tool, Disaster Assistance-at-a-Glance fact sheet, and Farm Loan Discovery Tool can help you determine program or loan options. To file a Notice of Loss or to ask questions about available programs, contact your local USDA Service Center.
–Georgia Farm Bureau