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CONTACT: Diane Ley, State Executive Director
(808) 441-2704


Honolulu, Hawaii, April 26, 2011 – On April 8, 2011, President Barack Obama designated the counties of Hawaii, Maui, and Honolulu as major disaster areas due to losses caused by the tsunami on March 11, 2011.

The Presidential Designation makes available to all qualified farm operators low interest Emergency Loans from USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA). Farmers have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses. The 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 Emergency Loan program, to help eligible farmers recover from adversity.

Interested farmers may contact the USDA Farm Service Agency County office on their island for further information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for these and other programs. Maui County Farm Service Agency at (808) 871-5500 extension 2, Honolulu County Farm Service Agency at (808) 483-8600 ext 2, and Hawaii County Farm Service Agency at (808)933-8381 ext 1

Additional information on Emergency Loans is also available online at:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.




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