Farm Service Agency
Public Affairs Staff
1400 Independence Ave SW
Stop 0506, Room 3624-South
Washington, D.C. 20250-0506
Release No. 1472.07
Latawnya Dia (202) 720-7962
Decision Allows Farmers and Ranchers to Apply for USDA Assistance
WASHINGTON, June 29, 2007 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture designated Calaveras and Colusa counties in California primary natural disaster areas.
Calaveras County was designated a primary disaster area because of losses caused by drought that occurred from Dec. 2006 through April 2007. Also eligible in California because they are contiguous counties are Alpine, Amador, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Tuolumne counties.
Colusa County was designated a primary disaster area because of losses caused by drought that occurred from Dec. 2, 2006, through March 31, 2007. Also eligible in California because they are contiguous counties are Butte, Glenn, Lake, Sutter and Yolo counties.
All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas on June 26, 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
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