Whitmer applauds USDA disaster declaration for Michigan counties


Gov. Gretchen Whitmer speaks during a news conference in Lansing on Aug. 19, 2020. (Courtesy: Michigan Executive Office of the Governor)

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — Governor Gretchen Whitmer today applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) designation of Berrien, Cass, and Ottawa counties as primary natural disaster areas, making assistance available to agriculture producers in those counties who incurred damage and losses caused by freeze earlier this spring. 

“I am pleased the USDA responded to our request and I’m looking forward to the further assessment of those counties not included in this designation. This relief can’t come soon enough for our farmers who endured tremendous hardship as a result of this adverse weather,” said Governor Whitmer. “I am grateful to USDA and our Michigan delegation, especially our Senators, for the leadership they’ve taken as well to ensure our hardworking farmers receive the assistance and supports they need.”  

In June, the governor sent a letter to Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting a disaster designation for counties impacted by severe weather from the USDA to help Michigan’s farmers recover. The request was followed by a bipartisan letter of support from members of Michigan’s Congressional delegation.   

This Secretarial Disaster Designation makes farm operators eligible to be considered for certain types of assistance from the Farm Service Agency (FSA), including emergency loans. Producers should contact their local FSA office for additional information.  

To view the USDA’s designation notice, click the link below:  

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