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Senator Outlines Federal Resources Available for Farmers Impacted by Severe Weather
November 2, 2012
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) today announced that federal resources are available to Maryland farmers who suffered losses from Hurricane Sandy.
"Maryland's number one industry is agriculture," Senator Mikulski said. "Our farmers and agricultural small businesses are critical to our state's economic future. Farmers across Maryland, from the Eastern Shore to Garrett County, are working to assess damage. They must know they have a government on their side. I want to ensure our farmers have access to the resources available to them to help recover and rebuild lives and businesses."
Agriculture is the state's largest commercial industry and employs approximately 350,000 people. In 2010, Maryland's 12,800 farms contributed $2 billion to the state's economy. Senator Mikulski has been coordinating with federal agencies in the wake of Hurricane Sandy to ensure Maryland farmers are able to access recovery resources.
Federal resources for Maryland farmers are available from federal agencies including the Risk Management Agency and the Farm Service Agency:
FSA recommends that owners and producers record all pertinent information of natural disaster consequences, including:
Prior to Hurricane Sandy, Senator Mikulski led the Maryland Congressional delegation in supporting Governor O'Malley's request for a Pre-Disaster Declaration for the state. That request is available here. President Obama approved the Pre-Disaster Declaration, which means that Marylanders are eligible for federal disaster funding through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). In declaring that a federal emergency exists in the State of Maryland, President Obama ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local efforts in areas affected by this severe weather.