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Governor Perdue Urges USDA to Expedite Disaster Assistance to Georgia Farmers

Thursday, September 16, 2004  Contact: Office of Communications 404-651-7774


ATLANTA, GA - Following the Governor's initial request, the Georgia State Emergency Board is recommending approximately 100 counties for federal disaster assistance. Georgia's crops were severely impacted by the high winds and excessive rains brought on by Hurricane Frances.

Governor Perdue, last week, formally requested an expedited damage assessment of Georgia crops by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Damage assessment reports by local Farm Service Agencies were reviewed by the Georgia State Emergency Board and compiled for federal review.

"It's clear Georgia farmers suffered great losses as a result of Hurricane Frances, which will likely be compounded by Hurricane Ivan," said Governor Sonny Perdue. "I urge Secretary Veneman to review this request immediately and expedite aid to our farmers."

Preliminary state and local damage assessments began immediately following Hurricane Frances and are ongoing.