Georgia: 10 Counties Designated Natural Disaster Areas to Storms, Freeze

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated 10 Georgia counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers who suffered losses due to recent natural disasters may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans.

This natural disaster designation allows FSA to extend much-needed emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters. 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.

Excessive Rain

Producers in Wilcox County who suffered losses due to excessive rain that occurred March 1 through April 30, 2020, may be eligible for emergency loans.

Producers in the contiguous Georgia counties of Ben Hill, Crisp, Dodge, Dooly, Pulaski, Telfair, and Turner, are also eligible to apply for emergency loans.

Tornado, Rain, Wind, and Hail – April 8, 2020

Producers in Clinch and Lanier counties who suffered losses due to a tornado, rain, wind and hail that occurred on April 8, 2020, may be eligible for emergency loans.

Producers in the contiguous Georgia counties of Atkinson, Berrien, Echols, Lowndes, and Ware, along with Baker and Columbia counties in Florida, are also eligible to apply for emergency loans.

Freeze

Producers in Towns County who suffered losses due to a freeze that occurred on April 16, 2020, may be eligible for emergency loans.

Producers in the contiguous Georgia counties of Habersham, Rabun, Union, and White, along with Clay County, North Carolina, are also eligible to apply for emergency loans.

Tornado, Rain, Wind, and Hail – April 23, 2020

Producers in Atkinson, Brantley, Clinch, Coffee, Lanier, and Ware counties who suffered losses due to a tornado, rain, wind and hail that occurred on April 23, 2020, may be eligible for emergency loans.

Producers in the contiguous Georgia counties of Bacon, Ben Hill, Berrien, Camden, Charlton, Echols, Glynn, Irwin, Jeff Davis, Lowndes, Pierce, Telfair, and Wayne, along with Baker and Columbia counties in Florida, are also eligible to apply for emergency loans.

The deadline to apply for these emergency loans is Feb. 25, 2021.

FSA will review the loans based on the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability.

FSA has a variety of additional programs to help farmers recover from the impacts of this disaster. FSA programs that do not require a disaster declaration include: Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program; Emergency Conservation Program; Livestock Forage Disaster Program; Livestock Indemnity Program; Operating and Farm Ownership Loans; and the Tree Assistance Program.




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