Farm Service Agency
Public Affairs Staff
1400 Independence Ave SW
Stop 0506, Room 3624-South
Washington, D.C. 20250-0506
Release No. 1521.07
Kerry Humphrey (202) 720-9733
Decision Allows Farmers and Ranchers to Apply for USDA Assistance
WASHINGTON, Sept. 14, 2007 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture designated 85 counties in North Carolina, as primary natural disaster areas because of losses caused by drought and high temperatures that occurred from Jan. 1, 2007, and continuing. Those counties are:
Also designated as natural disaster areas in North Carolina are the following contiguous counties:
In addition, the counties and the independent cities listed below in the adjacent states of Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia are also designated as natural disaster areas because they are contiguous counties and cities.
Fannin, Rabun, Towns and Union
South Carolina counties:
Cherokee, Chesterfield, Dillon, Greenville, Horry, Lancaster, Marlboro, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg and York
Blount, Carter, Cocke, Greene, Johnson, Monroe, Polk, Sevier and Unicoi
Brunswick, Carroll, Grayson, Greensville, Halifax, Henry, Mecklenburg, Patrick, Pittsylvania and Southampton
Virginia independent cities:
Danville and Suffolk
All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas on Sept. 14, 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.