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Emergency Designation News Releases

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Farm Service Agency
Public Affairs Staff
1400 Independence Ave SW
Stop 0506, Room 3624-South
Washington, D.C. 20250-0506
Release No. 1449.07

 

 
Latawnya Dia (202) 720-7962

 
USDA DESIGNATES 13 CALIFORNIA COUNTIES NATURAL DISASTER AREAS
Decision Allows Farmers and Ranchers to Apply for USDA Assistance

 
WASHINGTON, May 16, 2007 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture designated 13 California counties primary natural disaster areas.

 
San Benito County was designated a primary natural disaster area due to losses caused by extremely low temperature and freezing conditions that occurred from Jan. 12, 2007, through Jan. 24, 2007. Also eligible because they are contiguous are Fresno, Merced, Monterey, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties.

 
San Joaquin County was designated a primary natural disaster area due to losses caused by the combined effects of drought and freezing temperatures that occurred during the period of Oct. 15, 2006, and continuing. Also eligible because they are contiguous are Alameda, Amador, Calaveras, Contra Costa, Sacramento and Stanislaus counties.

 
Contra Costa and Fresno counties were designated primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by the combined effects of drought, higher than normal temperatures and prolonged freezing conditions that occurred during the period of Oct. 15, 2006, and continuing. Also eligible because they are contiguous are Alameda, Inyo, Kings, Madera, Mono, Monterey, Sacramento, San Benito, San Joaquin, Solano and Tulare counties.

 
Merced, Stanislaus and Tulare counties were designated primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by the combined effects of drought and abnormally cold temperatures that occurred during the period of Oct. 15, 2006, and continuing. Also eligible because they are contiguous are Alameda, Calaveras, Fresno, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, San Benito, San Joaquin, Santa Clara and Tuolumne counties.

 
Kern, Kings, Lake, Mariposa, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties were designated primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by drought that occurred during the period of Oct. 15, 2006, and continuing.

 
Also eligible because they are contiguous are the following counties:

 
Colusa
Mendocino
Stanislaus
Fresno
Merced
Tulare
Glenn
Monterey
Tuolumne
Inyo
Napa
Ventura
Los Angeles
San Bernardino
Yolo
Madera
Sonoma

 
All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas on May 9, 2007, 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. FSA has a variety of programs, in addition to the EM loan program, to help eligible farmers recover from adversity.

 
USDA has also made other programs available to assist farmers and ranchers, including the Emergency Conservation Program, Federal Crop Insurance and the Noninsured Crop Disaster 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://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/webapp?area=home&subject=diap&topic=landing.

 
FSA news releases and media advisories are available on FSA's Web site at: http://www.fsa.usda.gov.

 

 

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