The drought that began in December of last year has created disaster for farmers in 22 Georgia Counties. The disaster designation means farmers in Appling, Bryan, Effingham, Pierce, Atkinson, Chatham, Irwin, Telfair, Bacon, Coffee, Jeff Davis, Thomas, Ben Hill, Colquitt, Lanier, Wayne, Brantley, Cook, Lowndes, Wheeler, Brooks, Dodge as well as 26 contiguous counties, are eligible for emergency loans from the USDA’s Farm Service Agency. Funds for farmers are also available through the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program (SURE); the Emergency Conservation Program; Federal Crop Insurance; and the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program.
US Senator Saxby Chambliss appreciated the decision by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack: “I am thankful these drought-stricken counties in Georgia will have access to the aid they need to bounce back from this unfortunate situation,” said Chambliss. “Now we need rain.” I’m sure y’all are eager to discuss the Commerce Clause, but keep this in mind: No farms, no food.