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February 10, 2016
Federal Primary Disaster Designations for the City of Suffolk and Greensville County
Brunswick, Dinwiddie, Isle of Wight, Southampton and Sussex Counties and the Cities of Chesapeake, Emporia, Hampton, Newport News and Portsmouth Received Contiguous Disaster Declarations
Contact: Elaine Lidholm, 804.786.7686


The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued primary disaster designations for the City of Suffolk and Greensville County due to damage and losses caused by excessive rain that occurred from September 7, 2015, through December 31, 2015. Farmers in those areas may now apply for emergency loan assistance from USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) as long as they meet eligibility requirements.

The following localities have received contiguous disaster designations since they border Suffolk and Greensville County: Brunswick, Dinwiddie, Isle of Wight, Southampton and Sussex counties and the cities of Chesapeake, Emporia, Hampton, Newport News and Portsmouth.

A Secretarial disaster designation makes farm operators in primary counties and those counties contiguous to such primary counties eligible to be considered for certain assistance from FSA, provided eligibility requirements are met. This assistance includes FSA emergency loans.

Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of a Secretarial disaster declaration to apply for emergency loans. FSA considers each emergency loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of production losses on the farm and the security and repayment ability of the operator.

Local FSA offices can provide affected farmers with additional information.


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