Governor Warner Seeks Federal Disaster Assistance for 23 Additional Localities

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September 12, 2002

Ellen Qualls
(804) 786-2211, x 2379
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Governor Warner Seeks Federal Disaster Assistance for 23 Additional Localities

RICHMOND — Governor Mark R. Warner has written to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman requesting drought disaster designations for an additional 23 Virginia counties. The federal designation makes farmers eligible for low-interest loans and any supplemental relief that may be provided by Congress.

“I will continue to work closely with Virginia’s congressional delegation to encourage prompt action on this request,” Governor Warner said. “This assistance is sorely needed for many of our farmers who have suffered significant drought losses, many of them in consecutive growing seasons.”

The 23 localities for which the Governor has requested assistance are Appomattox, Augusta, Botetourt, Buckingham, Caroline, Craig, Cumberland, Goochland, Greene, Hanover, King George, Lunenburg, Madison, Mecklenburg, Nelson, New Kent, Nottoway, Page, Powhatan, Prince William, Rockingham, Suffolk, and Westmoreland counties.

So far this year, 10 Virginia counties have been designated primary disaster areas by USDA and another 38 contiguous counties have been approved for federal assistance. Requests for disaster designations for Campbell, Franklin and Pittsylvania counties have been pending with the U.S. Department of Agriculture since August 6th.

“I appreciate the high level of cooperation between federal, state and local agencies in completing the damage assessments required to support these requests for federal disaster status,” Governor Warner said. “Virginia Cooperative Extension, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and the U.S. Farm Service Agency have responded quickly and professionally to these requests from localities across the Commonwealth.”

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