Monday, October 29, 2018


Agricultural and Forest Recovery Meetings

The meetings below will be held to discuss the needs of agricultural producers and forest landowners and current financial assistance available. All times local.

Tuesday, October 30th at 3:00 to 5:00 pm CST
Rivertown Community Church
Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam will discuss damage caused by Hurricane Michael and recovery efforts and needs.
19359 State Road 71 N
Blountstown, FL 32424

Thursday, November 1st at 3:00- 5:00 pm CST
Jackson County IFAS Extension office
Your local Florida Forest Service County Forester, Tree Farm Representatives, Forest Industry, UF/IFAS Extension, NRCS Agent, and Farm Service Agent will be present to answer questions.
2741 Penn Avenue
Marianna, FL 32448

USDA Disaster Assistance and Hurricane Recovery Workshops
Representatives from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Farm Service Agency (FSA), Rural Development (RD) and Risk Management Agency (RMA) will present disaster assistance information for agricultural producers. Workshop topics include emergency assistance for livestock & crop-related expenses and losses; financial assistance programs to help with farm and farmland damage; deadlines for applying for disaster assistance programs and programs to help with restoration and rehabilitation of farm and ranch land. Following is the list of dates and locations. All times local.

Nov. 6,  9–11 am
Bay-Holmes-Washington Counties
First Baptist Church Sanctuary
1300 South Blvd.
Chipley, FL 32428

Nov. 6,  2-4 pm
Jackson County
Jackson County Agricultural Center Auditorium
2741 Penn Ave
Marianna, FL 32448

Nov. 7 ,  9-11 am
Calhoun County
Rivertown Community Church Sanctuary
19359 SR 71 North
Blountstown, FL 32424

Nov. 7,  2-4 pm
Gadsden County
FAMU Research and Extension Center
4259 Bainbridge Highway 
Quincy, FL 32352

For more information about these USDA meetings, contact Shelly Sale, 850-547-2850 x2.

The first sign-up period ends Nov. 16, 2018. A second sign-up period will end Dec. 14, 2018.

Florida farmers and ranchers who suffered damage to working lands and livestock mortality due to Hurricane Michael are encouraged to sign up for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

Agricultural producers in Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Leon, Liberty, Wakulla, and Washington Counties are eligible to apply for assistance. The first sign-up period ends Nov. 16, 2018. A second sign-up period will end Dec. 14, 2018. This assistance is available to individual farmers and ranchers to aid in recovery efforts on their properties and does not apply to local governments or other entities.

Conservation practices available through EQIP can protect your land from erosion, support disaster recovery and repair, and can help mitigate loss from exceptional storm events in the future. Farmers and ranchers seeking financial and technical assistance through EQIP should visit their local NRCS office to sign up. Bonifay, Marianna and Quincy field offices are open to serve producers in Calhoun, Franklin, Gulf and Liberty counties until Blountstown Field Office is repaired.

For more information on NRCS and the EQIP program, visit the Florida NRCS website. For more information on disaster assistance programs for farmers and ranchers, visit

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