Sonny Perdue, U.S. secretary of agriculture, on Monday designated 83 counties in Georgia as primary natural disaster areas due to damage from Hurricane Irma.
Counties declared under the disaster designation include Glynn, Brantley, Camden, McIntosh and Ware counties, among others.
The declaration means farm operators in the designated counties are eligible to be considered for certain assistance from the Farm Service Agency, according to a news release from the office of U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter, R-1. The assistance includes FSA emergency loans.
“I am very glad this declaration was made today,” Carter said in the release. “Even though time has passed, our community is still rebuilding from Hurricane Irma. One community with an especially hard road to recovery is our agricultural industry. I am glad this new assistance is available and we will be there to assist every step of the way.”
The U.S. Department of Agriculture evaluated reports from Georgia and found Irma inflicted enough damage to warrant disaster designations for more than half of Georgia’s 159 counties.
Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for emergency loans. For information on the FSA’s disaster assistance programs, visit fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services.
For additional information about assistance, impacted farmers can contact their local FSA office or Carter’s office.
According to the USDA’s website, the nearest FSA office can be found at 1900 Sunset Blvd. in Jesup. The office can be reached at 912-427-2502.
Carter’s Brunswick office can be reached at 912-265-9010.