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WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., applauded Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack's decision to declare 150 drought-stricken counties in Georgia disaster areas, as requested by Gov. Nathan Deal. 

Since April 2011, many parts of Georgia have experienced extreme weather conditions and suffered numerous crop losses. With the USDA Secretarial Disaster Designation, Georgia farmers will be able to apply for emergency loans and other benefits to ease losses.

"This is good news for farmers in our state," said Sen. Chambliss, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee. "Our producers battle severe weather conditions year after year, and this designation will help ensure that they can recover from the severe drought conditions. The disaster designation is the first step in that recovery process, and I appreciate Gov. Deal's hard work on this issue."

Producers in the designated counties are now eligible to be considered for Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans and the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program (SURE), which was approved as part of the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008. 

Farmers have eight months to apply for emergency loan assistance. FSA will consider each application on its own merit by taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability. 

Sen. Chambliss encourages producers to check with their local FSA offices regarding eligibility for SURE and other disaster assistance programs. 

Additional information can be found at www.fsa.usda.gov  or www.fema.gov.

Eligible counties are:

Appling

Coffee

Gordon

McDuffie

Sumter

Atkinson

Colquitt

Grady

McIntosh

Taliaferro

Bacon

Columbia

Gwinnett

Meriwether

Tattnall

Baker

Cook

Habersham

Miller

Taylor

Banks

Coweta

Hall .

Mitchell

Telfair

Barrow

Crawford

Hancock

Monroe

Terrell

Bartow

Crisp

Haralson

Montgomery

Thomas

Ben Hill

Dade

Harris

Morgan

Tift

Berrien

Dawson

Hart

Murray

Toombs

Bibb

De Kalb

Heard

Oconee

Towns

Bleckley

Decatur

Henry

Oglethorpe

Treutlen

Brantley

Dodge

Houston

Paulding

Troup

Brooks

Dooly

Irwin

Peach

Turner

Bryan

Dougherty

Jackson

Pickens

Twiggs

Bulloch

Douglas

Jeff Davis

Pierce

Union

Burke

Early

Jefferson

Pike

Upson

Butts

Echols

Jenkins

Polk

Walker

Calhoun

Effingham

Johnson

Pulaski

Walton

Camden

Elbert

Lamar

Putnam

Ware

Candler

Emanuel

Lanier

Quitman

Warren

Carroll

Evans

Laurens

Rabun

Washington

Catoosa

Fannin

Lee

Randolph

Wayne

Charlton

Fayette

Liberty

Richmond

Webster

Chatham

Floyd

Lincoln

Rockdale

Wheeler

Chattooga

Forsyth

Long

Schley

White

Cherokee

Franklin

Lowndes

Screven

Whitfield

Clarke

Fulton

Lumpkin

Seminole

Wilcox

Clay

Gilmer

Macon

Spalding

Wilkes

Clinch

Glascock

Madison

Stephens

Wilkinson

Cobb

Glynn

Marion

Stewart

Worth

 Nine additional counties are named as contiguous disaster counties. Those counties are: Baldwin, Clayton, Jasper, Muscogee, Talbot, Chattahoochee, Greene, Jones, Newton

 

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