Governor Warner Seeks Federal Disaster Area Designation for 18 More Virginia Localities, Urges U.S. Agriculture Secretary to Expedite Drought Designation Requests

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Governor Warner Seeks Federal Disaster Area Designation for 18 More Virginia Localities, Urges U.S. Agriculture Secretary to Expedite Drought Designation Requests
State Now Has 58 Requests Pending:
Just 10 Have Been Declared Primary Disaster Areas

RICHMOND — Governor Mark R. Warner has sought federal disaster area declarations for 18 additional Virginia localities. The Governor today urged U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ann M. Veneman to take action on the 58 requests Virginia has submitted for federal drought disaster area declaration.


“Some of our requests for disaster area designation were made in early August,” Governor Warner said. “Continued delays only add to the frustration felt by the many Virginia farmers who are suffering because of this prolonged and extreme drought. I hope the federal government will act very soon so that our farmers can get the assistance they need.”


On Wednesday, October 2, Governor Warner requested drought disaster declarations for the counties of Albemarle, Amelia, Amherst, Campbell, Charlotte, Chesterfield, Culpeper, Dinwiddie, Essex, Fauquier, Halifax, Henrico, Isle of Wight, Louisa, Prince George, Pulaski, Scott, and Warren.


More than 50 percent of the United States is classified as being in some level of drought, and most of Virginia remains under extreme drought conditions. As of today, 10 Virginia localities have been designated primary disaster areas by the Secretary of Agriculture. Thirty-eight localities have been designated contiguous disaster areas. In addition to Wednesday’s request, Governor Warner asked for disaster designations on September 19, September 10, and August 6.


Federal disaster designation makes farmers eligible for low-interest loans and any supplemental relief that may be provided by Congress. Agriculture losses in Virginia currently total an estimated $120 million and could reach as much as $200 million by the end of the fall.


 


 

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