COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

2006 Agricultural Disaster Resolution

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Request approval of resolution requesting an Agricultural Disaster Resolution for Albemarle County due to drought conditions.

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Tucker, White, Davis, Warren

 

LEGAL REVIEW:   yes

 

AGENDA DATE:

September 6, 2006

 

ACTION:                               INFORMATION: 

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

  ACTION:    X                        INFORMATION: 

 

ATTACHMENTS:       Yes

 

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

 

 

BACKGROUND:

Peter Warren, Virginia Cooperative Extension Agent, has requested in a letter dated August 14th that the Board adopt a resolution requesting a Year 2006 Disaster Declaration for Albemarle County due to the severe drought conditions currently being experienced by local farmers.  In his letter, he indicates that farmers are reporting anywhere from 35% to 50% losses on corn, hay and pasture crops and that hay and water are also in short supply for livestock.

 

 

STRATEGIC PLAN:

Protect the County’s Natural Resources

 

 

DISCUSSION:

A resolution requesting that Albemarle County be declared a disaster area for purposes of the Virginia Farmer Major Drought, Flood and Hurricane Disaster Act due to the drought conditions is attached for the Board’s approval.  This resolution will be submitted to the Governor and if he declares Albemarle a disaster area, Albemarle County agricultural producers can obtain drought related aid. 

 

 

BUDGET IMPACT:

If Albemarle County is declared an agricultural drought disaster area, local farmers who have suffered monetary losses due to the drought conditions will be able to secure government loans at a reduced interest rate.

 

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Staff recommends approval of the attached resolution requesting that Albemarle County be declared a disaster area for purposes of the Virginia Farmer Major Drought, Flood and Hurricane Disaster Act due to the drought conditions.

 

ATTACHMENTS

A - Virginia Cooperative Extension August 14, 2006 letter

B - Resolution

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