Virginia receives disaster declarations
ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY AND THE CITY OF SUFFOLK RECEIVE PRIMARY DISASTER DECLARATIONS; SEVEN LOCALITIES RECEIVE CONTIGUOUS DESIGNATIONS
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) announced today that Isle of Wight County and the City of Suffolk have received U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) designation as primary disaster areas due to excessive heat, high humidity, Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee and continuing excessive rainfall that occurred between April 1 and October 31, 2011. James City, Southampton and Surry Counties and the Cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Newport New and Portsmouth received contiguous disaster declarations, meaning they border a locality named as a primary disaster area.
Matthew J. Lohr, VDACS Commissioner, said, “I am grateful that the USDA has declared these areas eligible for federal assistance. This part of the state was hit hard by an array of natural disasters lasting for more than seven months. I am certain farmers will appreciate any assistance they can get.”
A federal Secretarial disaster designation makes farm operators in both primary and contiguous counties eligible to be considered for assistance from the federal Farm Service Agency (FSA), provided eligibility requirements are met. This assistance includes emergency loans from the USDA’s Farm Service Agency and the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program known as SURE.
Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of a Secretarial disaster declaration to apply for emergency loan assistance. FSA will consider each emergency loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of production losses, security available and repayment ability. SURE Program applications for 2011 crop losses will be accepted in 2012 when the 2011 farm revenue data required by law become available. Local FSA offices can provide farmers with additional information.
Director of Communications
Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
102 Governor Street
Richmond VA 23227