Friday, September 5, 2014

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USDA Designates 3 Counties in Idaho as Primary Natural Disaster Areas
With Assistance to Producers in Surrounding Areas


WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated  as 
primary natural disaster areas in two separate designations. 

“Our hearts go out to those Idaho farmers and ranchers affected by recent natural disasters,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “President Obama and I are committed to ensuring that agriculture remains a bright spot in our nation’s economy by sustaining the successes of America’s farmers, ranchers, and rural communities through these difficult times. We’re also telling Illinois producers that USDA stands with you and your communities when severe weather and natural disasters threaten to disrupt your livelihood.”
Designation #1
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Jerome and Twin Falls counties primary natural disaster areas due to excessive rain that occurred Aug. 3-7, 2014.
Farmers and ranchers in Cassia, Gooding, Minidoka, Elmore, Lincoln and Owyhee counties in Idaho also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous.
Farmers and ranchers in Elko County in Nevada also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous.
Designation #2
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Clearwater County as a primary natural disaster area due to high winds and hail that occurred Aug. 14, 2014.
Farmers and ranchers in Idaho, Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce and Shoshone counties in Idaho also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous.
Farmers and ranchers in Mineral and Missoula counties in Montana also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous.
All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas on Sept. 3, 2014, making all qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for low interest emergency (EM) loans from USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), provided eligibility requirements are met. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses. FSA will consider each loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability. A fact sheet on EM loans can be found online at: Emergency Loan Fact SheetFSA has a variety of programs, in addition to the EM loan program, to help eligible farmers recover from adversity.

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