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Feds Approve Disaster Relief For Pennsylvania Farms In 61 Counties Resulting From Extended Rainfall In 2018

On March 25, Gov. Tom Wolf announced farmland owners in 61 Pennsylvania counties are eligible to receive disaster relief assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a result of extended rainfall in 2018.

“Statewide disaster relief assistance is a vital resource that helps farmers overcome challenges caused by unpredictable weather and conditions outside of their control,” said Gov. Wolf. “The past year was particularly challenging for Pennsylvania agriculture, so I encourage all eligible producers to apply for this assistance ahead of the next growing season.”

Eligible primary counties include Adams, Blair, Cambria, Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Lancaster, Lebanon, Luzerne, Lycoming, McKean, Northampton, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder, Somerset, Susquehanna, Washington, Westmoreland, Wyoming, and York counties.

Eligible contiguous counties include Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Berks, Bradford, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Clarion, Cumberland, Dauphin, Forest, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Mercer, Mifflin, Monroe, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Sullivan, Tioga, Union, Venango, Warren, and Wayne counties.

The statewide disaster funding will help with losses caused by the extended rainfall that occurred during the 2018 crop year. It is the result of a Secretarial disaster declaration and can include emergency loans from the federal Farm Service Agency (FSA).

Eligible farmers can apply for loans for up to eight months after a Secretarial disaster declaration, and should contact their local FSA office for assistance.

More information on USDA’s disaster assistance program, including county lists and maps, can be found online.

Learn more about crop insurance and farm risk management by visit the Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management website.

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[Posted: March 25, 2019]


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