USDA Designates 22 Counties in Montana as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

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WASHINGTON, Aug. 26, 2011 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 22 counties in Montana as primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by severe winter storms, blizzards, excessive moisture and flooding that began Jan. 1 and continues.

Those counties are:

Big Horn Glacier Phillips
Carter Golden Valley Powder River
Chouteau Hill Richland
Custer Judith Basin Rosebud
Dawson McCone Treasure
Fallon Mussellshell Wheatland
Fergus Petroleum Wibaux
Garfield    

Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Montana also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous:

Blaine Meagher Sweet Grass
Carbon Pondera Teton
Cascade Prairie Toole
Flathead Roosevelt Valley
Liberty Stillwater Yellowstone

 

Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in North Dakota and South Dakota also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous:

North Dakota

Bowman Golden Valley McKenzie
Slope Williams  

South Dakota

Butte and Harding
 All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas Aug. 23, 2011, 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.

Additional information is available online at http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov.

 

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