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Disaster Information for Hurricane Michael

Picture of a hurricaneThe USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Georgia is working with state and federal agencies to provide information and assistance to agriculture producers in response to the effects of the hurricane. Should you need more information, the state office number is 706-546-2272.

An updated list of office closures.

The following office is closed:

Office Name County Name  Closures 
Colquitt Service Center Miller Closed until further notice

USDA Press Releases for Hurricane Michael

While the Emergency Environmental Quality Incentives Program sign up is helping to address the most critical resource concerns in the major disaster declared region, we are expecting to have an additional Hurricane Michael Recovery EQIP sign up in the other affected areas of Georgia at a later date. Please check back here for updates.

Agriculture Disaster Assistance Information Session for Producers

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center, 15 RDC Road, Tifton, GA, 31794

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Rural Development and Risk Management Agency, as well as Southwest Georgia Farm Credit, will be on-site to provide updates and information regarding disaster programs that are available to producers affected by Hurricane Michael.For more information, contact the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at UGA-Tifton at 229-386-3512 or the Georgia State Farm Service Agency Office at 706-546-2269.Persons who require reasonable accommodations to attend or participate in the meeting should contact Dianne R. Westmoreland at 706-546-2269 or email dianne.westmoreland@ga.usda.gov by 2 p.m. (EST) Friday, October 19, 2018.

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Emergency Watershed Protection Program

If your area suffers damage from a natural disaster, the Emergency Watershed Protection Program can help relieve imminent hazards to life and property caused by floods, fires, wind­storms and hurricanes. Aid may include financial and technical assistance to remove debris from streams, protect destabilized stream banks and establish cover on critically eroding lands, repair conservation practices and purchase flood plain easements.

The public and private landowners are eligible for assistance, but must be represented by a project sponsor, such as a city, county, conservation district or a Native American tribe or organization. NRCS provides technical assistance and pays up to 75 percent of the construction. Local sources contribute the remaining portion in the form of cash or in-kind services.

The process begins when the sponsor requests assistance from a local NRCS office. Staff visit the site and determine eligibility based on threats to life or property, environmental impacts and economic analysis, then request funding from the NRCS national office. If Congress appropriates funds, the sponsor enters into a cooperative agreement to complete the work.

National Resources

  • Farmers.gov USDA is here to help you prepare, recover, and build long-term resilience to natural disasters.
  • USDA Assistance USDA continues to help residents, farmers, ranchers and businesses that have been hard hit by disasters such as Hurricane Michael.
  • FEMA This is the main page for up-to-date resources and information on the federal response to Hurricane Michael.
  • USA.gov Get information to be prepared before, during, and after a hurricane.
  • Disaster Resource Center This central source of information utilizes a searchable knowledgebase of disaster-related resources powered by agents with subject matter expertise.

USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA)

Check the status of FSA Georgia office openings here.

The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) offers livestock indemnity assistance and administers many safety-net programs to help producers recover from eligible losses, including;

Georgia State Resources