Strickland Secures Federal Assistance for Ohio Farmers

Governor Ted Strickland today announced that farmers in 79 counties are now eligible to receive disaster assistance after U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack declared 41 Ohio counties to be primary natural disaster areas and the additional 38 as contiguous disaster counties.

Strickland requested a disaster designation from the USDA due to state agricultural losses caused by several natural disasters in 2010.

“Ohio farmers faced economic losses and personal hardship as a result of these weather disasters, and I saw how important it was to help secure available aid,” said Strickland. “I am grateful for Secretary Vilsack’s decision to provide some relief for the members of our agriculture community. This assistance will help our farmers make Ohio’s $98 billion food and agriculture industry even stronger.”

The available assistance includes Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans and the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) Program. Farmers in these eligible counties have eight months from the date of this disaster declaration to apply for emergency loan assistance.

“I would like to thank Governor Strickland for his steadfast efforts in helping the farmers in these counties receive this assistance,” said Ohio Agriculture Director Robert Boggs. “Because of his hard work, many of Ohio’s 75,000 farms will now have the opportunity to benefit from this assistance. I appreciate the governor’s strong commitment to Ohio’s agriculture industry.”

For more information, farmers should contact their local FSA. A list of the 79 counties is available at www.agri.ohio.gov .

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