CONSENT AGENDA REQUEST 

Raymond E. Graham, Chairman, Cedar Run District             August 19, 2002

Sponsor:                                                           Board of Supervisors Meeting Date:

Peter Mitchell                                                Agricultural Development Office

Staff Lead                                                                           Department

Topic:             

A RESOLUTION authorizing the County Administrator to file with the Governor of Virginia a request that the County of Fauquier be designated as a drought disaster area 

Topic Description:

The ongoing drought has reached disastrous proportions for the Fauquier County farming community.  The Fauquier Food and Agricultural Council reports that approximately 100,000 acres of farmland have been adversely affected within Fauquier County and estimates a crop and hay loss of $2.5 million.  Livestock watering needs are currently being met with USDA’s Emergency Conversation Program.  This action will support the crop farms.

Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors:

Consider adoption of the attached resolution.

Financial Impacts Analysis:

None.

Identify Any Other Departments, Organizations or Individuals That Would be Affected by This Request:

Cooperative Extension Service

Farm Service Agency (FSA)

National Conservation and Recreation Services (NRCS)

Fauquier County farmers

Attachment:

Virginia Cooperative Extension Letter