Created: Fri, 27 Sep 2013 06:34:00 EST
Updated: Fri, 27 Sep 2013 06:36:50 EST
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has established access to natural disaster assistance for all of central Georgia due to damages and losses caused by excessive rain that began in early April.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack tells WGXA News, "Our hearts go out to those Georgia farmers and ranchers affected by recent natural disasters. President Obama and I are committed to ensuring that agriculture remains a bright spot in our nation's economy by sustaining the successes of America's farmers, ranchers and rural communities through these difficult times. We're also telling Georgia producers that USDA stands with you and your communities when severe weather and natural disasters threaten to disrupt your livelihood."
Central Georgia was designated a disaster area as of September 25, 2013. That designation makes all qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for low interest emergency (EM) loans from USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA), provided eligibility requirements are met.
Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses.