In response to a letter sent by Gov. Nathan Deal, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack determined that, due to the ongoing drought, Appling County is one of 22 Georgia counties that suffered production losses great enough to warrant a secretarial natural disaster designation.
“I am grateful for Secretary Vilsack’s quick response to my request,” said Deal. “With this designation, farmers and their businesses will qualify for much-needed federal relief. It is my hope that this aid will relieve some of the burden this drought has caused.”
Due to the designation Appling County will become eligible to apply for emergency loans and other benefits provided by the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008.