Well, what a difference a day or week makes!! Talk about going from one extreme to the other. I donít know about you all, but I prefer the warmer days we had over the last several weeks, although its been cold for a few of them, over the weather we had at the beginning of the month. Due to that winter weather we had, we have received numerous calls on if there is any assistance to help with building repair. The recent snow has caused a lot of damage to Northeastern Oklahoma including collapsed buildings, barns and poultry houses. If a producer has had a greenhouse, poultry house or even a hay barn collapse in the last few weeks they should turn first to their insurance for relief. Looking to the government for relief will most likely only lead to more stress and little money. The trigger for government relief is if there is a state or federal disaster declaration for the county in which the collapsed structure is located. With the severity of the recent storms those declarations are quite likely but that is just the first part of the story. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is the government agency that relief comes from and their assistance is for structural repair only for housing (people, not plants or animals). It is possible to get a low-interest loan for repairs from the Small Business Administration (SBA). Anyone wishing to look further into this should go to http://www.sba.gov/category/navigationsturcture/loans-grants/small-businessloans/disaster-loans. If any did lose some chickens or livestock there is some government assistance programs out there. Those programs are administered through the Farm Service Agency (FSA). To find out more about those programs, contact the FSA office in either Vinita or Miami. Well I hope everyone can enjoy some nice weather and be prepared for it to turn the other way anytime. Please feel free to contact us at the OSU Extension Office at 918-253-4332. Have a good week!!
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