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Congressman Buddy Carter’s (GA-01) announced this week that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated some South Georgia counties as primary natural disaster areas due to the recent drought. This designation allows farm operators in these counties to be eligible for assistance from the Farm Service Agency (FSA), including emergency loans.
Counties included under this designation include Berrien, Brantley, Camden, Charlton, Clinch, Echols, Lowndes, Pierce, Ware, and Wayne.

Additional counties have been named as contiguous disaster counties including Bacon, Glynn, Long, and McIntosh.

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“This is absolutely welcome news to assist with this severe drought,” said Carter. “Our farmers and agricultural community provide an indispensable service to our local community, as well as the entire nation, and I believe this will help to ensure they are able to continue this important work while dealing with this extreme situation. I am pleased this assistance is available and we are available and ready to assist with the process to ensure these resources are used in the best way possible.”

According to the USDA, farmers in eligible counties have 8 months from the date of the declaration to apply for emergency loans. FSA will consider each emergency loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of production losses on the farm, and the security and repayment ability of the operator.

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Jeremy Spencer is currently the market and content manager for All on Georgia-Camden  and Glynn Counties. Jeremy’s focus will be local news, statewide education issues, and political commentary for the All on Georgia News Network. Jeremy has served as a education policy analyst for local legislators and state education leaders as well as a campaign strategist for local and statewide political campaigns.

Jeremy grew up in rural Southern Georgia and he has served as a healthcare provider, high school science teacher, and a state education official.  Jeremy holds degrees in science and education from the University of Georgia, Piedmont College, and Valdosta State University. He and his wife have lived in Camden County for 16 years and they have two teenage children. Jeremy and his family attend Christ Church Camden in Kingsland, GA.