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San Joaquin County receives disaster declaration
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San Joaquin County receives disaster declaration

SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY - California Emergency Management Agency Acting Secretary Mike Dayton Thursday announced San Joaquin County has been declared a disaster by the Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture due to production losses caused by freezing temperatures that occurred on Nov. 25-26, 2010.

Cal EMA transmitted a letter to USDA Secretary Thomas Vilsack on behalf of Governor Jerry Brown on Feb. 2, 2011 requesting the disaster designation after local officials were able to detail their losses. The resulting declaration by Vilsack helps farm operators in San Joaquin County, and contiguous counties, recover from these impacts through assistance from the Farm Service Agency.

"We worked closely with those impacted to compile a comprehensive Loss Assessment Report that would accurately reflect the significant damage to the region's crops," said Dayton. "This information, along with the additional documentation submitted by the State Executive Director of the Farm Services Agency (FSA), afforded San Joaquin the designation of a primary natural disaster area."

The Secretarial disaster designation makes farm operators in both primary and contiguous counties eligible to be considered for assistance from the FSA, provided eligibility requirements are met. This assistance includes FSA emergency loans and the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) program. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of a Secretarial disaster declaration to apply for emergency loan assistance.

In accordance with section 321(a) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act, Alameda, Amador, Calaveras, Contra Costa, Sacramento and Stanislaus Counties are named as contiguous disaster counties.

For more information about the USDA Secretarial Declaration and how to apply for the SURE Program, please visit www.usda.gov.

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