The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 79 counties as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rain that began on April 1, 2013.
In a statement, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said, "Our hearts go out to those Georgia farmers and ranchers affected by recent natural disasters."
Vilsack also said that he and President Obama are committed to ensuring that agriculture remains a "bright spot" in the nation's economy.
The counties below have received the designation:
Appling Clinch Grady Macon Telfair Atkinson Coffee Greene Madison Thomas Bacon Colquitt Gwinnett Miller Tift Baker Cook Hancock Mitchell Towns Baldwin Crawford Hart Montgomery Treutlen Banks Crisp Irwin Morgan Turner Barrow Decatur Jackson Newton Twiggs Ben Hill De Kalb Jasper Oconee Union Berrien Echols Jeff Davis Oglethorpe Walton Bleckley Effingham Jefferson Peach Ware Brantley Elbert Jenkins Pierce Washington Brooks Emanuel Johnson Putnam Wayne Bryan Fannin Jones Rockdale Wheeler Burke Franklin Lanier Screven Wilcox Chatham Gilmer Laurens Seminole Wilkinson Clarke Glascock Lowndes Taylor
Farmers and ranchers in the Georgia counties below also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous:
Bibb Dooly Henry Monroe Talbot Bulloch Dougherty Houston Murray Taliaferro Butts Early Lee Pickens Tattnall Calhoun Evans Liberty Pulaski Toombs Camden Forsyth Lincoln Rabun Upson Candler Fulton Long Richmond Warren Charlton Glynn Lumpkin Schley White Clayton Gordon McDuffie Stephens Wilkes Dawson Habersham McIntosh Sumter Worth Dodge Hall Marion