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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. 1497.07

 

 
Latawnya Dia (202) 720-7962

 
USDA DESIGNATES 24 MINNESOTA COUNTIES AS PRIMARY NATURAL DISASTER AREAS
Decision Allows Farmers and Ranchers to Apply for USDA Assistance

 
WASHINGTON, Aug. 7, 2007 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture designated 24 Minnesota counties as primary natural disaster areas because of drought that occurred from May 1, 2007, and continuing. Those counties are:

 

 
Aitkin
Cook
Kanabec
Sherburne
Anoka
Crow Wing
Lake
St. Louis
Benton
Douglas
Mille Lacs
Swift
Brown
Hennepin
Morrison
Todd
Carlton
Hubbard
Pipestone
Wadena
Cass
Itasca
Pope
Wright

 
Also eligible in Minnesota because they are contiguous counties are the following counties:

 
Becker
Cottonwood
Lyon
Redwood
Beltrami
Dakota
McLeod
Renville
Big Stone
Grant
Meeker
Rock
Blue Earth
Isanti
Murray
Scott
Carver
Kandiyohi
Nicollet
Stearns
Chippewa
Koochiching
Otter Tail
Stevens
Chisago
Lac Qui Parle
Pine
Washington
Clearwater
Lincoln
Ramsey
Watonwan

 
In addition, the counties listed in the adjacent states of North Dakota and Wisconsin are also eligible because they are contiguous counties.

 
South Dakota
Brookings, Minnehaha and Moody counties

 
Wisconsin
Douglas

 
All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas on Aug. 6, 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://disaster.fsa.usda.gov.

 
FSA news releases are available on FSA’s Web site at: http://www.fsa.usda.gov via the “News and Events” link.

 

 

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