Disaster Programs Available to Farmers

by Miriah Turner on May 21, 2014 at 6:32 am

 After a harsh winter, the Muskingum and Morgan County Farm Service Agency is providing permanent funding for bee loss, livestock mortality and tree disasters.

The tree assistance program provides assistance for rehabilitating plants. If the plant is no longer economical to save, the program will also pay for replacement. Damaged Christmas trees which are no longer marketable are also covered in the tree assistance program.

"What we would like is for farmers to come in, tell us how many they lost, if there were certain verities that were more effected than others, we need to know that break down," said William Huston,FSA, County Executive Director,"again it covers grapes, raspberries, blackberries, peaches apples, plums, you know all the fruit trees."

Applications are available for the honey bee losses program as well. Report to the Farm Service Agency how many hives you had last year, how many colonies you were managing, and they will help with a potion of the replacement cost.

Aid is also pending for losses from the cash valley virus which caused deformed animals, still born births, and death. Losses above normal mortality will potentially compensated for.

"We would like that information, we can’t promise anything yet because we have to get permission to include that disease in that livestock disaster program. But the more information we have the more likely we can get it included for Ohio," said Huston.

It is important that these are commercial operations or operations with the potential of producing one-thousand dollars of gross sales. For assistance or for more information, please call 1-800- 962-3931