More Assistance Available for Fruit Farmers Impacted by 2012 Frost, Freeze

There is new relief available to help Michigan fruit growers hit hard by the 2012 freezes and frosts.

Beginning Tuesday, July 22, impacted farmers who grow tart and sweet cherries will be able to apply to the Frost-Freeze Program.

The disaster assistance is part of the Farm Bill and is not a loan.

For those who qualify, it will reimburse farmers for losses up to $125,000, something Senator Debbie Stabenow calls critical support.

“These are folks who did not have access to crop insurance at the time and this will provide them with really critical support. There has been some support for growers who do not have crop support in the past, we’ve greatly strengthened it,” said Stabenow. 

The sign-ups begin Tuesday and go through September 22nd.

 Please contact your local Farm Service Agency for more details. Find your local agency here