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Emergency Designation News Releases

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Tanya Brown
202-690-4585
Tanya.brown@wdc.usda.gov
Release 0036.14

 

 
USDA Designates Owyhee County in Idaho as a Primary Natural Disaster Area With Assistance to Producers in Surrounding Areas

 
WASHINGTON, March 6, 2014 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Owyhee County in Idaho as a primary natural disaster area due to the recent drought.

 
“Our hearts go out to those Idaho 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 Idaho 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 contiguous counties in Idaho also qualify for natural disaster assistance. Those counties are:

 
Ada
Canyon
Elmore
Twin Falls

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

 
Nevada

 
Elko Humboldt

 
Oregon

 
Malheur

 
All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas on March 5, 2014, 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.

 
FSA news releases are available on FSA’s website at 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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