By Clint Thompson
Registration is ongoing for Georgia producers, who experienced crop losses to Hurricane Michael in 2018, to submit online applications to the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) for the $347 million in Farm Recovery Block grant funds. All applications must be completed and submitted no later than Wednesday, April 8.
According to the Georgia Department of Agriculture, farmers and forest landowners in 95 eligible counties who suffered losses to beef, dairy, fruit and vegetable, pecan, poultry, timber, and uninsured infrastructure will need to enroll in the recovery program at farmrecovery.com.
Adam Rabinowitz, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Assistant Professor and agricultural economist, believes the block grant funds will benefit producers who are not covered by other federal disaster programs.
Hurricane Michael devastated Georgia agriculture on Oct. 10, 2018 when it moved through the state. Agriculture, which is Georgia’s No. 1 industry, was dealt a $2.5 billion economic loss. While the block grants will not make farming operations whole again, they will provide some much-needed relief.
For more information and a guide to help prepare applicants for enrollment please visit, farmrecovery.com.