On Tuesday, Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue designated Malheur County, Oregon, as a primary natural disaster area. Producers who suffered losses caused by recent drought may be eligible for FSA Emergency Loans. The designation allows FSA to extend emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters. Emergency loans can be used to meet various recovery needs including the replacement of essential items such as equipment or livestock, reorganization of a farming operation or the refinance of certain debts.
Because of the designation, producers in neighboring counties are also eligible to apply for emergency loans:
- Oregon: Baker, Grant and Harney
- Idaho: Canyon, Owyhee, Payette and Washington
- Nevada: Humboldt
The deadline to apply for these emergency loans is June 15th.
FSA will review the loans based on the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability. Farmers may contact their local USDA service center for further information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for these and other programs.
Visit the USDA’s Website for additional information.
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