U.S. Representative Glenn "GT' Thompson today was notified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack has agreed that there were sufficient production losses in Erie, Crawford, and Warren Counties to warrant a disaster designation. The designation was based on losses that occurred due to freezing weather conditions that took place from March 27th through April 3rd, 2012.
"The designation makes operators eligible for assistance from the Farm Service Agency (FSA), including emergency loans and the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program (SURE)," Rep. Thompson explained. "Farmers have eight months from June 12, 2012, the date on which the Secretary made the designation, to apply for assistance."
Due to the extreme weather conditions, USDA designated Erie County as a primary natural disaster area, with Crawford and Warren named as contiguous disaster counties. The designation makes farm operations in both primary and contiguous areas eligible to be considered for assistance, provided eligibility requirements are met.
Local Farm Service Agency offices can provide affected farmers with further information:
ERIE COUNTY FARM SERVICE AGENCY
12723 ROUTE 19 S WATERFORD, PA 16441-9027
(814) 796-6760 ext 2
CRAWFORD COUNTY FARM SERVICE AGENCY
14699 N MAIN STREET
MEADVILLE, PA 16335-9441
(814) 336-2127 ext 2
WARREN COUNTY FARM SERVICE AGENCY
265 HOLIDAY INN RD
CLARION, PA 16214-9803
The following website will take farmers to USDA's Farm Service Agency for Pennsylvania: http://1.usa.gov/MAgQvc