USDA FSA Designates 36 Counties As Primary Natural Disaster Areas
Tuesday, USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced counties in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma will be available for FSA emergency loans due to losses from drought. Producers in primary disaster areas as well as contiguous disaster areas are eligible for loans.
Loans are made available under the authority of Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Purdue. Producers in any designated primary and contiguous counties have until April 1, 2019 to apply for emergency loans to help cover actual losses. In total, 36 counties have been declared primary disaster areas and another 36 contiguous disaster areas.
Counties eligible for emergency loans:
Iowa Primary Disaster
Kansas Primary Disaster
Missouri Primary Disaster
Oklahoma Primary Disaster
FSA considers each loan on its own merits, including extend of losses, security available and repayment ability. There are other programs that could help farmers and ranchers recover losses from disaster.
Other FSA programs that can provide assistance, but do not require a disaster declaration, include: Operating and Farm Ownership Loans; the Emergency Conservation Program; Livestock Forage Disaster Program; Livestock Indemnity Program; Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program; and the Tree Assistance Program. Talk to local USDA agents for more information on loans or other programs.
Tue, 08/14/2018 – 11:45
Drought Monitor updated to July 31, 2018
Chris Fenimore NCEI/NESDIS/NOAA
Source: Dairy Herd