ADVISORY: USDA DISASTER ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE FOR SEMINOLE COUNTY AND GRADY COUNTY
Feb 5, 2018
WASHINGTON, DC – Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, in accordance with Section 321(a) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act, sent a letter on February 2, 2018 designating Seminole County and Grady County in Georgia’s Second Congressional District as contiguous disaster areas. The designation follows a review of crop losses caused by Hurricane Irma, which struck the region during September 9-12, 2017.
The designation as a contiguous disaster area opens up eligibility for certain types of disaster loan assistance. The main disaster assistance program triggered by this designation is consideration for low-interest emergency loans. This designation also triggers access to the Disaster Set-Aside (DSA) program, which enables producers with a direct loan from the Farm Service Agency (FSA) to move one annual payment to the end of the loan if the producers are not able to make their payments on schedule.
Background on USDA’s disaster assistance programs can be found here. A copy of Secretary Perdue’s designation letter can be found here. Any determinations concerning eligibility for any USDA programs will need to be made by USDA. Farmers can find contact information for their local USDA FSA Office here.