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Emergency Designation News Releases

Printable Version
Release 0117.13

 
Tanya Brown
202-690-4585

 

 
USDA Designates 24 Counties in Wisconsin as Primary Natural Disaster Areas With Assistance to Surrounding States

 
WASHINGTON, July 3, 2013 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 24 counties in Wisconsin as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the combined effects of excessive rain, excessive snow, and multiple periods of thawing and refreezing, resulting in winterkill that occurred Jan. 1 – May 21, 2013.

 
The counties are:

 
Brown
Eau Claire
Manitowoc
Pierce
Buffalo
Fond du Lac
Marathon
Shawano
Calumet
Green Lake
Marinette
Sheboygan
Chippewa
Kewaunee
Oconto
Trempealeau
Clark
Langlade
Outagamie
Washington
Dodge
Lincoln
Ozaukee
Waupaca

 
"Our hearts go out to those Wisconsin farmers and ranchers affected by recent natural disasters," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "President Obama and I are committed to ensuring that agriculture remains a bright spot in our nation's economy by sustaining the successes of America's farmers, ranchers, and rural communities through these difficult times. We're also telling Wisconsin producers that USDA stands with you and your communities when severe weather and natural disasters threaten to disrupt your livelihood."

 
Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Wisconsin also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Those counties are:

 
Barron
Forest
Milwaukee
St. Croix
Columbia
Jackson
Oneida
Taylor
Dane
Jefferson
Pepin
Waukesha
Door
La Crosse
Portage
Waushara
Dunn
Marquette
Price
Winnebago
Florence
Menominee
Rusk
Wood

 
Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Michigan and Minnesota also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Those counties are:

 
Michigan
Dickinson and Menominee

 
Minnesota
Dakota
Goodhue
Wabasha
Washington
Winona

 
All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas July 3, 2013, 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.

 
Additional programs available to assist farmers and ranchers include 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.

 
Secretary Vilsack also reminds producers that Congress has not funded the five disaster assistance programs authorized by the 2008 Farm Bill. These are SURE; the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP); the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-Raised Fish (ELAP); the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP); and the Tree Assistance Program (TAP). Production losses due to disasters occurring after Sept. 30, 2011, are not eligible for disaster program coverage.

 
FSA news releases are available on FSA's website at http://www.fsa.usda.gov via the "Newsroom" link.

 

 
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (866) 632-9992 (Toll-free Customer Service), (800) 877-8339 (Local or Federal relay), (866) 377-8642 (Relay voice users).

 

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