TAVARES — As part of this week’s announcement from the Florida Division of Emergency Management and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Lake County agricultural operations are eligible for assistance for crop losses caused by cold weather and freezing conditions Jan. 2-14.
The Secretarial Disaster Declaration from USDA Secretary Thomas Vilsack makes farm operators in Lake County and 59 other Florida counties eligible to be considered for assistance from the Farm Service Agency (FSA), provided eligibility requirements are met.
Potential assistance includes FSA emergency loans and the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program (SURE) that was approved as part of the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008. The FSA will consider each application on its own merit by taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability.
Interested Lake County farmers may contact the local USDA Service Center, located at 1725 David Walker Drive in Tavares, for more information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for these and other programs. The office’s phone number is (352) 742-7005. Additional information is available online at http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov.
For more disaster preparation information, contact the Lake County Department of Public Safety, Emergency Management Division, at (352) 343-9420 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.