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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. 1481.09

 

 
Latawnya Dia (202) 720-7962

 
USDA Designates 21 Counties in California as Primary Natural Disaster Area
Decision Allows Farmers and Ranchers to Apply for USDA Assistance

 
WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2009 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture designated 21 counties in California as primary natural disaster areas because of losses caused by drought that occurred from Jan. 1, 2009, and continuing.

 
Alameda
Marin
San Joaquin
Colusa
Mariposa
San Luis Obispo
Contra Costa
Mendocino
Santa Clara
Inyo
Merced
Sonoma
Kern
Mono
Stanislaus
Kings
Riverside
Sutter
Lake
San Benito
Tehama

 
“President Obama and I understand these conditions caused severe damage to the area and serious harm to farms in California and we want to help,” said Secretary Tom Vilsack. “This action will provide help to hundreds of farmers who suffered significant production losses to rangeland and pasture and forage crops.”

 
Farm operators in the following counties in California also qualify for natural disaster benefits because their counties are contiguous. Those counties are:

 
Alpine
Monterey
Santa Cruz
Amador
Napa
Shasta
Butte
Orange
Solano
Calaveras
Placer
Trinity
Fresno
Plumas
Tulare
Glenn
Sacramento
Tuolumne
Humboldt
San Bernardino
Ventura
Imperial
San Diego
Yolo
Los Angeles
San Mateo
Yuba
Madera
Santa Barbara

 
All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas Sept. 17, 2009, 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 Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program (SURE), which was approved as part of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008; 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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