Governor Brian P. Kemp today joined Georgia Department of Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black to announce the Georgia Farm Recovery Block Grant Program, the result of months of negotiations with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop a block grant program for disaster relief in the wake of Hurricane Michael.
"Sixteen months after the devastation of Hurricane Michael, today is a big step forward for Georgia farmers and the people of southwest Georgia," said Governor Kemp. "Thanks to months of hard work from our congressional delegation, the Georgia Department of Agriculture, and the leadership of USDA Secretary Perdue and President Trump, hardworking Georgians impacted by the storm will finally receive relief. The recovery process is far from over, but together, we will stand with those still reeling from Hurricane Michael's impact and continue to support them on the road to recovery."
“While we recognize that the recovery aid won’t make Georgia farmers and farm families whole again, it is our hope that the Georgia Farm Recovery Block Grant will bring much relief and stability to our farming communities,”said Commissioner Black. . “I commend every member of the Georgia Department of Agriculture team who has worked tirelessly since June 2019 to craft and finalize this program. I thank our federal partners and want the farm families of Georgia to know that we are here to serve them.”
The Georgia Farm Recovery Block Grant (FRBG) program seeks to compensate losses not already covered under existing USDA Farm Service Agency programs. FRBG will cover beef, dairy, fruit & vegetable, pecan, poultry, timber, and uninsured infrastructure losses.
The three-week enrollment period will open on Wednesday, March 18 and close on Wednesday, April 8. Enrollment will be entirely online, and applicants are encouraged to use a desktop computer to ensure a smooth application process. A guide to help applicants prepare for enrollment is available at www.farmrecovery.com.