Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia

Bishop Seeks Drought Assistance for Georgia Farmers

Aug 31, 2011
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) today joined members of Georgia's congressional delegation in urging U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to grant Secretarial Disaster Designations for those counties that have been adversely impacted by the state's ongoing drought. Due to high temperatures that have engulfed Georgia the last several months, sectors of the state's agricultural industry, particularly farming communities in southwest Georgia, have suffered severe economic hardships.

With Secretarial Disaster Designation, Georgia farmers negatively affected by the drought in certain counties would be eligible to apply for emergency loans and other benefits provided under the existing Farm Bill. Secretarial Disaster Designation status has been requested for farmers in the following counties:

Appling         Burke        Coffee        Early

Atkinson       Butts         Colquitt       Echols

Bacon          Calhoun     Columbia     Effingham

Baker          Camden     Cook           Elbert

Banks          Candler     Coweta        Emanuel

Barrow        Carroll       Crawford      Evans

Bartow        Catoosa     Crisp            Fannin

Ben Hill       Charlton     Dade            Fayette

Berrien       Chatham    Dawson         Floyd

Bibb           Chattooga   Decatur        Forsyth

Bleckley     Cherokee    DeKalb         Franklin

Brantley     Clarke        Dodge          Fulton

Brooks       Clay           Dooly           Gilmer

Bryan        Clinch         Dougherty     Glascock

Bulloch       Cobb          Douglas        Glynn

Gordon       Lincoln        Polk             Towns

Grady         Long          Pulaski          Treutlen

Gwinnett     Lowndes     Putnam         Troup

Habersham Lumpkin     Quitman        Turner

Hall            Macon         Rabun          Twiggs

Hancock     Madison       Randolph      Union

Haralson     Marion         Richmond     Upson

Harris         McDuffie      Rockdale      Walker

Hart           McIntosh      Schley          Walton

Heard        Meriwether    Screven       Ware

Henry        Miller            Seminole      Warren

Houston     Mitchell         Spalding       Washington

Irwin         Monroe         Stephens       Wayne

Jackson     Montgomery  Stewart         Webster

Jeff Davis  Morgan         Sumter          Wheeler

Jefferson   Murray          Taliaferro       White

Jenkins      Oconee         Tattnall          Whitfield

Johnson     Oglethorpe    Taylor            Wilcox

Lamar       Paulding        Telfair            Wilkes

Lanier       Peach            Terrell            Wilkinson

Laurens    Pickens           Thomas          Worth

Lee           Pierce             Tift

Liberty       Pike               Toombs