USDA de­clares Ge­or­gia dis­as­ter area

The Covington News - - Agriculture & outdoors -

The U. S. Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture has de­clared 146 of 159 Ge­or­gia coun­ties a pri­mary dis­as­ter area be­cause of pro­duc­tion losses due to pro­longed drought and high tem­per­a­tures.

The gov­er­nor’s of­fice said Thurs­day that the des­ig­na­tion is in re­sponse to Gov. Sonny Per­due’s re­quest last month.

Per­due says Ge­or­gia farm­ers have “ sig- nif­i­cant eco­nomic losses due to the dry con­di­tions in Ge­or­gia,” and he is pleased that fi­nan­cial re­lief will be made avail­able.

Twelve coun­ties were named as con­tigu­ous dis­as­ter ar­eas: Ap­pling, Atkin­son, Ba­con, Bul­loch, Cam­den, Cof­fee, Glynn, Lib­erty, Long, Ter­rell, Ware, and Wayne.

The only county not cov­ered by ei­ther des­ig­na­tion is McIn­tosh.

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