South Carolina farmers hit hard by excessive summer rains will soon get some relief, according to a press release issued by U.S. Department of Agriculture.
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack notified Governor Nikki Haley Thursday that he approved her request for a Secretarial disaster declaration for South Carolina counties, including Horry and Georgetown, that suffered losses due to excessive rains that began in March.
A Secretarial disaster designation means farmers in both primary and contiguous counties can apply for USDA Farms Service Agency emergency loans. Farmers in those counties have eight months to apply from the date of the Secretarial Disaster Declaration. Interested farmers can contact their local FSA offices, according to the release.
“I am pleased with Secretary Vilsack’s quick response to South Carolina’s request,” said South Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers. “The agriculture industry contributes greatly to the state’s economy, and this unusually wet summer has impacted the work of our farmers. I am grateful that Governor Haley recognizes the value of our industry and that she took the time to see what our growers face given the excess rains.”