New Federal Money For Farms Hurt By Hurricanes

Sep 10, 2019

Georgia farmers who have suffered economically from Hurricane Michael or other recent weather events can begin applying for a piece of $3 billion in federal aid.

The money from what is called the WHIP plus program was authorized by President Trump back in June and is available for farmers hurt by weather as far back as Tropical Storm Cindy in 2017.

According to the Georgia Recorder, $1.2 billion of the total will be disbursed to farmers who directly apply for it. The Georgia Department of Agriculture says that’s mostly for growers of row crops like cotton or peanuts.

The balance will likely come in state managed block grants for those who farm specialty crops like pecans or blueberries. Applications for the funds will be taken at local USDA service centers.