More than half of Michigan counties given disaster designation
November 19, 2019 By Nicole Heslip Filed Under: Crops, Michigan, News, USDA
The USDA has declared 43 counties across Michigan eligible
for emergency assistance after excessive rain, flooding and abnormally cold
temperatures from this March and beyond.
Ag Secretary Perdue says the agency has been unable to make a
complete and accurate determination of production losses in 17 additional counties
as requested by Governor Whitmer and has deferred a decision in those areas for
a primary designation.
Farmers in primary counties as well as 31 contiguous counties in Michigan are now able to apply for emergency Farm Service Agency assistance. An additional 13 contiguous counties at the borders of Indiana, Ohio, and Wisconsin are also eligible for assistance.
Farmers in affected counties have eight months to apply for
loans to help cover part of their losses and are also eligible for the Wildfire
and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+) assistance.
Michigan’s Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Department of Ag Director
Gary McDowell both applaud the designation.
McDowell says from severe cold to historic rainfall events and early
snowfall, 2019 had a devastating impact on the farming and ag community of
Michigan Agri-Business Association President Jim Byrum commends
leaders for pushing for this much-needed designation in what he calls an incredibly
difficult year of farming marred by record spring rainfall and a late harvest.
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