Hurricane Michael & Disaster Assistance Update


Hurricane Michael had a devastating impact on many farmers in South and Central Georgia. The hurricane wreaked havoc on farms with crop loss, damage to equipment, poultry houses and agriculture infrastructure such as peanut buying points and shelling plants. See the full Georgia Department of Agriculture press release here

If you have any questions or would like to speak to a farmer impacted by Hurricane Michael please contact Joy Carter Crosby at: joycrosby@gapeanuts.com or 229-386-3690.

Disaster Assistance Bill passes Congress
(June 4, 2019) Georgia peanut farmers applaud the U.S. House of Representatives passage of the long-awaited disaster aid bill by 354-58 yesterday. The passage comes eight months after Hurricane Michael devastated portions of Georgia, Alabama and Florida. The passage has come at a critical time as farmers are in the midst of planting their 2019 crops.
View press release.
View a summary of the Diaster Aid Package.
Chairman Bishop and Congressman Scott herald passage of expanded Disaster Appropriations Bill
(June 3, 2019) Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), Chairman of the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, and Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08) issued the following statement after the full House of Representatives passed a $19.1 billion disaster aid bill by 354-58, sending it directly to the President’s desk:
View Chairman Bishop's press release.
View Congressman Scott's press release.
Isakson, Perdue secure long-awaited Disaster Aid funding for Georgia
(May 23, 2019) U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) today praised Senate approval of critical disaster relief funding for Georgia and other states impacted by hurricanes, wildfires, floods, and other natural disasters. Perdue and Isakson have fought for months to secure disaster funding for Georgia, which was devastated by Hurricane Michael in October 2018.
View Senator Isakson's press release.
View Senator Perdue's press release.
H.R. 2157 Supplemental Appropriations Act Passes House
(May 10, 2019) Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the H.R. 2157 Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2019, by a vote of 257 to 150. The legislation will now go to the Senate for a vote. The legislation includes $3.005 billion for agriculture programs which include payments for crop and livestock losses due to hurricanes, typhoons, volcanic activities, tornados, floods, snowstorms, or wildfires during 2018 and 2019.
View a Summary of H.R. 2157.
View Roll Call Vote of H.R. 2157.
Bishop Leads the Second Disaster Supplemental Bill
(May 10, 2019) Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related agencies spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives and led the second disaster bill, H.R. 2157 to passage in the House. It was passed by a vote of 257 to 150, and now goes to the Senate for consideration.
View full press release.
Reviewing the State of the Farm Economy
(May 9, 2019) The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture's Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management held a hearing on May 9 in Washington, D.C. Congressman Austin Scott, R-Georgia, provided a statement during the hearing. Georgia farmer Bart Davis from Colquitt County, Georgia, also presented testimony.
Watch the hearing on YouTube. Congressman Austin Scott begins at 1:02:18.
View testimony of Bart Davis, farmer from Colquitt County, Ga.
Senators David Perdue & Rick Scott: Families Can't Wait Any Longer for Disaster Relief
(May 6, 2019) U.S. Senators David Perdue (R-GA) and Rick Scott (R-FL) today sent a letter to Democrat Senators in states impacted by natural disasters urging them to immediately pass disaster relief funding, which has been stalled by political obstruction. It’s been 208 days since Hurricane Michael devastated Florida’s Panhandle and Southwest Georgia.
Read entire letter.
Senator David Perdue Meets with Georgia Farm Bureau About Disaster Relief
(May 1, 2019) U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, joined Georgia Farm Bureau to discuss ongoing efforts to advance a bipartisan disaster relief package for states impacted by hurricanes, wildfires, floods, and other natural disasters. It has been nearly seven months since Georgia was devastated by Hurricane Michael in October 2018.
View photo.
Georgia Peanut Commission and Ag Groups Request Immediate Action for Disaster Assistance
(April 19, 2019) The Georgia Peanut Commission along with 134 agriculture organizations and businesses requested immediate action to address the dire situations impacting farmers, ranchers, agribusinesses and rural communities across the nation. The letter, mailed on April 19, was sent to President Trump, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. The letter addressed the difficult year farmers have faced in 2018 and 2019 due to challenging market prices and destructive weather conditions.
Read entire letter.
Bishop Supports Expanded Disaster Appropriations Bill
(April 12, 2019) WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) Chairman of the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies issued the following statement after the House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita M. Lowey (D-NY-17) introduced new legislation to provide relief and recovery assistance for Americans affected by recent natural disasters.
Read more - Congressman Bishop's press release.
Full Text of the bill - H.R. 2157.
View a division-by-division summary of the bill.
Senators Decry Lake of Action on Disaster Aid for Suffering States
(April 11, 2019) U.S. Senators David Perdue (R-GA) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) today joined Senate colleagues, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), in expressing disappointment in Congress’ failure to deliver critical disaster aid to their states to assist in recovery efforts from natural disasters in 2018 and 2019. It has been six months since Georgia and Florida took a direct hit from Hurricane Michael.
Read more - Senator Perdue press release.
Read more - Senator Isakson press release.
Congressman Austin Scott on impasse over Hurricane Michael relief
(April 10, 2019) Congressman Austin Scott (R-GA-08), a senior member of the House Agriculture Committee, spoke on the Floor of the House of Representatives on his frustration over the impasse over Hurricane Michael relief. In January, Reps. Scott and Bishop were successful in including an amendment to Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2019 (H.R. 268) which would have increased emergency assistance funding to agricultural producers who suffered losses from 2018 natural disasters. In January, H.R. 268 passed the House by a vote of 237 – 187. Last week, the Senate failed to advance disaster aid legislation due to ongoing policy disagreements. Click here to watch Rep. Scott’s remarks following the Senate’s inability to advance H.R.268.

Last night, Rep. Scott urged the White House and Congress to put partisan politics aside and support the farmers they seem to have abandoned. Click here to watch his remarks.

Congressman Austin Scott on Senate's Failure to Pass Disaster Relief
(April 1, 2019) Today, Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08) issued the following statement upon the Senate’s failure to pass much-needed federal assistance for communities impacted by natural disasters, including Hurricane Michael.
Read more - Congressman Scott's press release.
Senator David Perdue Slams Democrats for Blocking Disaster Relief Bill
(April 1, 2019) U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) spoke on the Senate floor after Senate Democrats voted to block a disaster relief package for Georgia and other areas of the country recovering from recent natural disasters, including Puerto Rico.
Read more - Senator Perdue press release.
Senator David Perdue on Congress' Failure to Pass Disaster Relief
(April 1, 2019) U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) comments on the U.S. Senate’s failure to pass a bipartisan disaster relief package for Georgia and other areas of the country impacted by recent natural disasters, including Puerto Rico.
Read more - Senator Perdue press release.
Senator David Perdue comments on President Trump's Support for Disaster Relief Package
(April 1, 2019) U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) released the following statement on President Donald J. Trump’s support for disaster relief for Georgia and other states impacted by recent natural disasters..
Read more - Senator Perdue press release.
Senator Perdue calls on Colleagues to Support Disaster Relief Package
(March 26, 2019) U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, spoke on the Senate floor to urge support for his bipartisan disaster relief package. Today, the Senate voted 90-10 to begin debate on the bipartisan disaster relief package he introduced with Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and other senators. Senators Perdue and Isakson have been fighting for disaster relief funding since Hurricane Michael devastated Georgia and other states last October.
Read more - Senator Perdue press release.
Isakson urges Colleagues to Vote in Favor of Disaster Relief Package
(March 25, 2019) U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate to urge his colleagues to put aside political differences and support a bipartisan disaster relief package to provide funding for Georgia and other states that are recovering from hurricanes, wildfires and other natural disasters.
Read more - Senator Isakson press release.
Rep. Austin Scott and Sec. Sonny Perdue talk Hurricane Michael Disaster Assistance
(Feb. 27, 2019) This morning during a House Agriculture Committee hearing entitled, “The State of the Rural Economy,” United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue and Congressman Austin Scott (R-GA-08) spoke on the severe impacts to rural communities, farmers, and the lenders they rely on as a result of natural disasters from 2018.
Read more - Rep. Scott press release.

Senators Perdue, Isakson to introduce Disaster Relief Package
(Feb. 15, 2019) U.S. Senators David Perdue (R-GA) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) announced they will introduce a stand-alone disaster relief package to provide critical funding for Georgia and other states recovering from recent natural disasters, including Hurricane Michael.
Read more - Senator Perdue press release.
Read more - Senator Isakson press release.
Georgia Governor Kemp, Commissioner of Ag Black and concerned citizens send letter to Congressional leaders regarding disaster assistance
On Feb. 14, 2019, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black sent a letter to Georgia's congressional leaders providing a report on the status of rural Georgia post Hurricane Michael. In the letter, they stressed the heightened uncertaintly approaching farm families this year and requesed that the congressional leaders utilize their sphere of influence for swift fulfillment of the promises made and heard by Georgia producers and rural communities. In addition to the letter, members of the Georgia state senate and house of representatives, farmers, agribusinesses and concerned citizens voiced their concerns over the pace of federal relief efforts for the citizens of South Georgia by signing a petition.
View the letter.
View the list of signatures.
Rep. Austin Scott Statement on the Consolidated Appropriations Act
(Feb. 14, 2019) Congressman Austin Scott (R-GA-08) released the below statement on tonight’s vote on the Conference Report to Accompany H.J.Res. 31 - Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019. Rep. Scott voted against the spending package for its failure to adequately secure our southern border and deliver much-needed federal assistance to farmers and communities impacted by recent wildfires, hurricanes, severe flooding, and other natural disasters from 2018.
Read more . . .
Isakson, Perdue Urge Senate, House Leaders to Immediately Fund Agriculture Disaster Relief
(Feb. 13, 2019) U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and David Perdue, R-Ga., today wrote to House and Senate leadership urging immediate action on a supplemental disaster relief package to provide critical aid for victims of natural disasters in Georgia and across the country. Supplemental disaster funding was overwhelmingly supported by 98 senators including Isakson and Perdue in funding proposals voted on earlier this year, but this week’s initial agreement to fund the government past Feb. 15 does not include this crucial funding.
Read more . . .
Agriculture Disaster Assistance Information Session for Producers
(Oct. 22, 2018) The Agriculture Disaster Assistance Information Session for Producers was held at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center on Monday, Oct 22. Representatives from USDA, FSA, NRCS, Rural Development & RMA were in attendance to update producers.
Watch entire session on YouTube.
Download Powerpoint Presentations - FSA, NRCS.


Georgia Peanut Commission Hurricane Michael Update: Impact on Georgia's Peanut Industry
(Oct. 19, 2018) Hurricane Michael devastated Georgia agriculture during the most inopportune time; harvest season for many agricultural commodities. One of those commodities included peanuts, where 50 percent of the crop had been harvested. The remaining 50 percent is yet to be harvested as crop conditions deteriorate and damaged peanut buying points struggle to regain power to dry and grade the peanuts. Many unknowns remain about the devastation of the 2018 Georgia peanut crop.
Read more . . .
View Agriculture Disaster Assistance Information Session flyer.
FEMA Expands Eligibility for Individual Disaster Assistance to Include Crisp, Grady, Lee, Mitchell, Terrell and Worth Counties
(Oct. 17, 2018) Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) welcomed last night’s amendment to the major disaster declaration for Georgia that expands coverage for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Individual Assistance program to also include Crisp, Grady, Lee, Mitchell, Terrell, Thomas, and Worth counties.
Read more . . .
Senators Perdue, Isakson Tour Hurricane Michael Devastation with Vice President Pence
(Oct. 16, 2018) Following President Donald Trump’s visit to Middle Georgia yesterday, U.S. Senators David Perdue (R-GA) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) joined Vice President Mike Pence and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in Bainbridge, Moultrie, and Albany, Georgia to visit farmers and producers who have been devastated by Hurricane Michael. They were also joined by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and other state and local officials.
Read more . . .
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Assistance available for Hurricane Damaged Ag Land thorugh NRCS
(Oct. 16, 2018) Georgia farmers and ranchers who suffered damage to working lands and livestock mortality because of Hurricane Michael are encouraged to sign up for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

A series of special sign-ups for agricultural livestock mortality and carcass disposal is being conducted for the 6 counties designated under the expedited major disaster declaration by President Donald Trump. The first sign-up period ends October 26, 2018. A second sign-up period will end November 16, 2018.wnership and risk of loss of the crop.
Read more . . .

President Donald J. Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Georgia
(Oct. 15, 2018) The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Georgia to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Michael beginning on Oct. 9, 2018, and continuing.
Read more . . .

USDA Prepared to Respond to Hurricane Michael
(Oct. 9, 2018) The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds rural communities, farmers and ranchers, families and small businesses potentially impacted by Hurricane Michael of programs to provide assistance in the wake of disasters. USDA staff in the regional, State and county offices stand ready and eager to help. Additionally, USDA’s Operations Center will function around the clock.
Read more . . .