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April 20, 2017
Federal Aid Available to Eligible Virginia Farmers Impacted by Hurricane Matthew
Contact: Dawn Eischen, 804.786.1904

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued three primary Secretarial natural disaster designations for Virginia localities for extreme weather-related agricultural losses during the 2016 crop year. In addition, the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to eligible farm-related and nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of this disaster.

Agency Recipient Award Amount
Increasing the economic value of brewer’s spent grain by producing high-protein and high-fiber products to support animal production in Virginia Dr. Haibo Huang $24,000


Agency May 1-Oct. 9, 2016
excessive heat, excessive rain and flash flooding
May 1-Oct. 9, 2016
frost, excessive heat, excessive rain, flash flooding and flooding
July 29-Oct. 7, 2016
drought and excessive heat
Who is eligible? Assistance Available
Farm Service Agency (FSA)

Primary disaster areas:
Isle of Wight

Contiguous disaster areas:
Charles City
James City
Newport News
Prince George

Primary disaster area:

Contiguous disaster areas:
Isle of Wight
Newport News

Primary disaster area:

Contiguous disaster areas:

Farmer operators Low interest emergency loans
Small Business Administration (SBA) Same as above N/A Same as above

Small agricultural cooperatives,
small businesses engaged in aquaculture, nurseries (drought)

Economic Injury Disaster Loans

Local FSA offices can provide affected farmers with additional information. Farmers in eligible areas have eight months from the date of these Secretarial disaster designations to apply for emergency loans.

SBA loan applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application via SBA’s secure website at Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800.659.2955 (800.877.8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to Loan applications can be downloaded from the SBA’s website at Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155. Completed loan applications must be returned to SBA no later than Dec. 12, 2017.

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