Glenn County Agriculture Commissioner Requests Second Disaster Declaration

Glenn County Agriculture Commissioner Marcie Skelton requested a disaster declaration designation for Glenn County from the Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture earlier this month, due to the results freezing temperatures that occurred in February and April.

“During the week of April 11, 2022, Glenn County experienced sustained freezing temperatures ranging from 31.6 to 31.96 degrees Fahrenheit from 6 a.m. April 12 to 1 a.m. April 13,” reads a statement released by the Glenn County Board of Supervisors. “The extreme weather conditions have affected crops and significantly impacted 2022 crop yields for local growers of walnuts, olives, cherries and boysenberries.”

According to the statement, growers reported a 5-50% crop loss for walnuts (an average loss of 34% countywide), a 50-100% crop loss for olives (an average loss of 56% for table olives and a loss of 51% for olive oil). county-wide), a 90% crop loss for cherries and a 67% crop loss for boysenberries.

“Based on Glenn County 5-year average yield and price comparisons, estimated dollars lost per harvest are valued at $53,691,041 for walnuts, $18,455,403 for olives, $168,750 for cherries and $62,040 for boysenberries,” the statement read. “This equates to an estimated financial loss of $72,377,234 for producers in Glenn County.”

Skelton previously applied for a disaster declaration designation on April 13 following a frost event that occurred on February 24 and its effect on almond crops.

The impact of the February event revealed a 60% loss in overall almond production in Glenn County with an estimated financial loss of $148,709,129 for Glenn County almond growers, according to the press release, but this request was still pending at the time the information was reported.

“The two events combined have an impact of $221,086,363 on local growers,” the statement read. “Downstream impacts will also be felt by hullers, dryers, processors, millers, pesticide and fertilizer applicators, pesticide and fertilizer dealers and contractors.”

County officials said if the Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture declares the events a local disaster, he would take advantage of potential funding opportunities to affected growers through the United States Department of Agriculture. United States, Farm Services Agency.

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