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Two separate way to start disaster process


Farm Service Agency (FSA) Assistance

The county FSA committee provides the State FSA Committee with a request and the necessary documentation of the disaster. The state FSA Committee evaluates the request. If they approve, they forward the request and documentation to USDA. USDA determines approval or disapproval.

County Declaration of Disaster

County Commissioners, if the situation warrants and in accordance with Wyoming Emergency Management Agency guidelines, declare an agri-business disaster area. The county's Emergency Management Coordinator and Emergency handbook can provide correct wording.

The local FSA Executive Director provides damage assessment. This assessment helps clear the way for verification required later by USDA.

The local Disaster Assistance Committee and the Food and Agriculture Committee coordinate and assist the commissioners in the declaration process.

The County Commissioners send the County Disaster Declaration, FSA forms, and other damage assessment information to the Governor, with information copies to the Wyoming Department of Agriculture (WDA) and Wyoming Emergency Management Agency Directors.

WDA will coordinate with the Wyoming Emergency management Agency and the Governors office.

If sufficient justification exists, the Governor requests the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture approve the disaster designation for the county. Copies of the Governor's request are forwarded to Wyoming's congressional delegation and state agencies for their information.

USDA will request verification of the disaster from the state and local FSA. USDA determines approval of disapproval.

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