Farmers in 57 Pennsylvania counties, including Centre County, are eligible for disaster funds due to storms and adverse weather that occurred in 2011.
The funds come from the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program. Farmers who experienced at least a 10 percent loss last year due to a natural disaster are eligible. In 2011, Pennsylvania was among the hardest hit states by storms including Irene and Lee.
To be eligible, a farm must have:
At least a 10 percent production loss on a crop of economic significance;
A policy or plan of insurance under the Federal Crop Insurance Act or the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program for all economically significant crops; and
Been physically located in a county that was declared a primary disaster county or contiguous county by the secretary of agriculture under a secretarial disaster designation. Without a secretarial disaster designation, individual producers may be eligible if the actual production on the farm is less than 50 percent of the normal production on the farm due to a natural disaster.
Farmers and ranchers interested in signing up must do so through their local FSA county offices before the June 7 deadline.