Half of Calif. Counties Termed Natural Disasters Due to Drought
27 of California’s 58 counties have been designated by the USDA as natural
disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by extreme drought.
Agricultural operators in all natural
disaster designated counties may qualify for low interest emergency (EM) loans
from USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA). Counties that are contiguous to the
primary disaster counties also qualify for USDA natural disaster assistance.
Farmers and ranchers in designated counties have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for the EM loan to help cover part of their actual losses. To verify the deadline for application in your area, contact your county’s Farm Service Agency Office.
The agency will consider each loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability. The maximum amount for an EM loan is $500,000.
“Just about everyone in California
agriculture has been negatively affected by drought this year,” said Val Dolcini, FSA State Executive
Director. “California’s diverse farmers and ranchers of all sizes and
backgrounds have experienced drought conditions and water shortages and may
find help at FSA offices.”
The Natural Resources Conservation
Service (NRCS) has conservation-related disaster assistance to protect soil, water
and habitat Small, non-farming businesses in USDA disaster-designated counties
may be eligible for disaster assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
The FFSA Emergency Conservation Program may also help restore
conversation-related farm property and facilities. And the Noninsured Crop
Disaster Assistance Program is available for producers who have enrolled in
this annual protection program prior to the deadline earlier this year. For
further information, contact your local USDAService Center.
The 27 designated counties include:
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