Georgia farmers and ranchers who suffered damage to working lands and lost livestock because of Hurricane Michael can sign up for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) through USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). A series of special sign-ups for agricultural livestock mortality and carcass disposal is being conducted for the six counties designated under the expedited major disaster declaration by President Donald Trump. The first sign-up period ends Oct. 26, the second on Nov. 16. “I have pledged all available USDA resources to aid in response to Hurricane Michael and I know our team in Georgia is mobilizing to do just that,” said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. “By batching these signups, we are helping those who are ready to begin the healing process as quickly as possible and allow more time for those still assessing damages.” For more information, farmers and ranchers should contact their local USDA Service Center or visit the Georgia NRCS website at

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