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.
“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.