FRANKFORT – U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has granted Gov. Steve Beshear's request for disaster assistance to Kentucky farm families in 29 counties, due to severe weather conditions that occurred beginning April 17. “The severe storms and flooding impacted all facets of Kentucky’s agricultural industry" Gov. Steve Beshear said in a press release, "and assistance from the USDA will help offset resulting income losses.” Counties covered in the declaration include:
Ballard, Crittenden, Hancock, Henderson, Hopkins, Livingston Logan, McLean, Ohio, Trimble, Union, Breckinridge, Butler, Caldwell, Carlisle, Carroll, Christian, Daviess, Grayson, Henry,
Lyon, Marshall, McCracken, Muhlenberg, Oldham, Simpson, Todd, Warren and Webster.
A secretarial disaster designation provides farm families meeting eligibility requirements the opportunity to be considered for disaster assistance from FSA, including emergency loans and Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) Program.
Farmers in eligible counties have until Feb. 4, 2012 to apply for emergency loan assistance. SURE Program applications for 2011 crop losses will be accepted in 2012 when the 2011 farm revenue data becomes available.
“For the counties that were not approved, there is still a process for individual farmers who sustained more than 50 percent of crop loss to qualify for supplemental assistance,” Beshear said. “We want to continue to work hard at the local, state and federal level to ensure Kentucky farmers receive as much help as possible to rebound from this most recent disaster.”
Information about USDA Disaster Assistance Programs and the Secretarial disaster designation process are available at www.fsa.usda.gov by clicking on the Disaster Assistance Program link in the left-hand column.