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: or 229-386-3690.

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.
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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 - Sign the Petition
Farmers across the state of Georgia were severely impacted by Hurricane Michael. Our congressional leaders in Washington are close to reaching a deal to fund the federal government through the remainder of the fiscal year, and as of today, that deal does not include disaster assistance. If disaster assistance is not included in this funding deal, there will be few opportunities in the future to secure these much-needed resources.

We need your help to push a disaster assistance package across the finish line now. Show our congressional leaders how important that aid is. Please sign the petition now!
Click here to sign the petition.

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 . . .