Pennsylvania Farmers Can File for Disaster Payments

Payments apply for three years of crops planted before Feb. 28.

Pennsylvania farmers who suffered crop losses from natural disasters during the 2005-2007 crop years may receive loss benefits from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Crop Disaster Program. State Ag Secretary Dennis Wolff made the announcement this week.

"Many of Pennsylvania's crop producers suffered major financial losses as a result of drought, hail and flood damage during the past several years," said Wolff. "This funding will help farmers recover from devastating losses, keeping Pennsylvania agriculture viable."

The details

The program provides 42% of the established price for crop losses greater than 35% in any crop year between 2005-2007 or if the damaged crop was planted or prevented from being planted before Feb. 28, 2007.

You can apply for losses to multiple crops, but can choose only one year to receive benefits.

Only farmers covered by crop insurance or covered under the noninsured crop disaster assistance program for the year of loss will be eligible for benefits.

Payments will be in addition to more than $33 million in loss payments made through crop insurance in 2005 and 2006.

Contact your local Farm Service Agency office or your crop insurance agent.

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