Disaster Relief for Georgia Counties and India Drops Retaliatory Tariffs
**On May 18, President Joe Biden issued a disaster declaration triggered by severe storms and tornadoes in numerous Tennessee counties in late March.
www.gfb.org reports, producers in six Georgia counties are eligible for federal disaster assistance because their proximity to Tennessee counties covered by the disaster declaration.
Affected Georgia counties are Catoosa, Dade, Fannin, Murray, Walker and Whitfield.
To find the FEMA help you need, visit www.fema.gov/assistance.
**On Thursday, the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office announced that India will lift its 20% retaliatory tariff on U.S. apples, that’s been in place since 2018, within the next 90 days.
The Northwest Horticultural Council President, Mark Powers says, this is a win for apples.
India was once the second largest market for Washington apples, but exports had dropped more than 99% since the tariffs began.
**The USDA announced its selection of 50 projects for potential awards, totaling roughly $300 million, for underserved producers funding.
The projects will help improve access to land, capital, and markets for underserved farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners.
For one of the projects, the Community Development Corporation of Oregon will work to provide long-term and sustainable land access to disadvantaged refugee and immigrant farmers.
See the full list of the projects at www.fsa.usda.gov.