The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved a disaster declaration for San Luis Obispo County to cover wine grape losses due to freezing temperatures April 8 and 9.
The San Luis Obispo County Agricultural Commissioner reported losses to the wine grape harvests at more than 32 percent, and estimates economic losses at more than $47 million from the two-day cold snap.
The disaster declaration allows growers to apply for financial assistance from the Farm Service Agency for emergency loans as well as the supplemental revenue assistance payments through the SURE program, according to a news release from Rep. Lois Capps’ office.
Santa Barbara County also qualified for emergency assistance as a contiguous county. Growers can apply for assistance through the San Luis Obispo County Farm Service Agency at 65 S. Main St., Suite 106, Templeton, or by calling 434-0396.