The U.S. Department of Agriculture will provide disaster relief for fruit growers hit hard by freezes in 2012.
Affected growers were eligible to apply for relief beginning July 22, according to a news release from the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.
Under new buy-up provisions in the 2014 farm bill’s Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program authored by the committee’s chairwoman, Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), growers who did not have access to crop insurance for 2012 will be eligible for relief.
“Family farms and businesses shouldn’t have to go under because of a few days of bad weather,” Stabenow said in the news release. “That’s why it was so crucial when writing the 2014 farm bill to make sure that growers of all crops have access to relief to keep their farms running.”
Stabenow’s home state of Michigan was one of the hardest-hit by 2012 frosts and freezes, which devastated apple and other fruit crops.
Growers can apply for relief through their local farm service agency office.