The Farm Service Agency has issued more than $60 million in 2000 Crop Disaster Program (CDP) payments to Georgia farmers, announced Teresa Lasseter, executive director of the Georgia Farm Service Agency.

The USDA's Crop Disaster Program provides financial assistance to farmers who are eligible for compensation for crop losses directly attributed to adverse weather and related conditions.

Worth and Dooly FSA county offices have paid the highest amount in CDP payments — about $3.5 million each from each county office. Producers in at least 76 counties have received CDP payments to date.

“Requests for additional payments are pouring in every day,” says Lasseter. “Unlike last year, funding for the 2000 CDP is not limited. Because it has been fully funded this year, farmers are receiving 100 percent of their final calculated payments.”

Year 2000 CDP payments are calculated at 65 percent of the county rate for insured and non-insurable crops. For crops that are insurable in the county, but for which the producer did not purchase insurance, the payment will be calculated at 60 percent of the county rate.