USDA Designates Counties in ND as Primary Natural Disaster Areas with Assistance to Producers in MT and SD

disasterThe U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 21 counties in North Dakota as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by drought that began June 20, 2017, and continues now. Agricultural producers in designated counties are eligible for emergency loans and other disaster assistance from USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA). Those counties are:

 

Billings Hettinger Oliver
Bowman McIntosh Sheridan
Burleigh McKenzie Sioux
Dunn McLean Slope
Emmons Mercer Stark
Golden Valley Morton Ward
Grant Mountrail Williams

 

Farmers and ranchers in the following contiguous counties in North Dakota also qualify for natural disaster assistance. Those counties are:

 

Adams Divide Logan Renville
Burke Kidder McHenry Wells
Dickey LaMoure Pierce

 

Farmers and ranchers in the following contiguous counties in Montana and South Dakota also qualify for natural disaster assistance. Those counties are:

Montana

Fallon, Richland, Roosevelt, Sheridan and Wibaux

South Dakota

Campbell, Corson, Harding and McPherson

Qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for FSA’s emergency loans, provided eligibility requirements are met. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration of May 25, 2018, 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. FSA has a variety of programs, in addition to the emergency loan program, to help eligible farmers recover from the impacts of this 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. Interested farmers may contact their local USDA service centers for further information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for these and other programs. Additional information is also available online at http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov.