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Hurricane Michael Response Resources

Friday, October 12, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jennifer Addington
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 Hurricane Michael Response Information                   


 Notice- GGIA is in contact with many growers in the southern half of Georgia who have been impacted by Hurricane Michael. Damage ranges from overturned nursery stock to severe loss of both structures and crops.


GGIA staff will be joining UGA Extension in these affected areas on Friday, October 12th, and there will most certainly be needs and opportunities for those who are willing to help with labor, equipment and other needs. As we begin to access the damage, we will be able to connect those who are willing to give support to those who need it.


We will be communicating through the GGIA Facebook Page, GGIA Website, and our E-news as well. Please stay tuned and keep those suffering in your thoughts and prayers.


In the meantime, if you have been impacted by the storm, please notify GGIA so that we can communicate with our local, state and national officials.


Georgia Green Industry Association


GGIA Office: 706-632-0100. Jennifer, Ashley


Chris Butts Direct: 706-540-2813 or


Additional Resources from both the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Farm Service Agency Follow.


 Farm Service Agency


Local Agency Locator:




USDA recently launched a disaster assistance discovery tool through its new website that walks producers through five questions to help them identify personalized results of which USDA disaster assistance programs can help them recover after a natural disaster.



Tree Assistance Program (TAP)

The Agricultural Act of 2014 (the 2014 Farm Bill) authorized the Tree Assistance Program (TAP) to provide financial assistance to qualifying orchardists and nursery tree growers to replant or rehabilitate eligible trees, bushes and vines damaged by natural disasters. The 2014 Farm Bill makes TAP a permanent disaster program and provides retroactive authority to cover eligible losses back to Oct. 1, 2011.



Emergency Farm Loans

When a tornado, flood, or drought strikes, or a quarantine is imposed by the Secretary of Agriculture, or when other natural disasters occur, FSA's Emergency loan program is there to help eligible farmers and ranchers rebuild and recover from sustained losses.



Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP)

NAP provides financial assistance to producers of noninsurable crops when low yields, loss of inventory, or prevented planting occur due to natural disasters.



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