Brown Announces USDA Disaster Designation for Ashtabula County

Excessive Rain During May and June Prompts Eligibility for Emergency Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. – New federal assistance is available for Ohio farmers and agricultural producers who experienced crop or production loss due to severe weather from May 1 – June 28, 2011. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Ashtabula County a contiguous natural disaster county due to excessive rain and flash flooding.

“Ohio producers whose livelihoods are threatened by no fault of their own deserve economic relief so they can replant and rebuild,” said Brown. “The USDA disaster designation is the right decision for Ashtabula County farmers and for our state’s largest industry.”

With this disaster designation, primary and contiguous counties are eligible to be considered for assistance from the Farm Service Agency (FSA) for emergency loans (EM) as well as the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) Program. For more information, contact a local FSA office or click here.

In March, Brown addressed the Ohio Farm Bureau in Washington, D.C, where he announced his plans for the ‘Grown in Ohio’ tour. At that speech, Brown outlined priorities for economic development and job growth in Ohio’s agricultural industry. Brown has held more than 190 roundtables throughout the state—including four ‘Grown in Ohio’ listening tour stops—and he is the first Ohioan to serve on both the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry and the Senate Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee. Agriculture is still Ohio’s largest industry.

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