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Printable Version
For Immediate Release
July 13, 2012

 
Contacts:
Donna Ferguson (317) 290-3315

 
USDA Designates Thirty-Six Counties in Indiana as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

 
FSA Stands Ready To Assist Hoosier Farmers

 
Indianapolis, July 13, 2012 - Julia A. Wickard, State Executive Director of USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Indiana announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 36 counties in Indiana as primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by extreme drought. Those counties are:

 
Allen
Gibson
Marshall
St. Joseph
Carroll
Grant
Martin
Spencer
Cass
Greene
Miami
Steuben
Crawford
Howard
Noble
Sullivan
Daviess
Huntington
Orange
Vanderburgh
DeKalb
Knox
Perry
Wabash
Dubois
Kosciusko
Pike
Warrick
Elkhart
LaGrange
Posey
Wells
Fulton
Lawrence
Pulaski
Whitley

 
"Indiana FSA and its employees are committed to helping farmers navigate the multitude of programs that may be available in eligible counties," said Wickard. "The Summer of 2012 will not be long forgotten by those producers and their families that were negatively impacted by severe dry weather. USDA is here to assist."

 
Farm operators in the 19 counties listed below in Indiana also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous to the designated counties. These counties are:

 
Adams
Harrison
Madison
Tipton
Blackford
Jackson
Monroe
Vigo
Clay
Jasper
Owen
Washington
Clinton
Jay
Starke
White
Delaware
LaPorte
Tippecanoe

 
All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas on July 12, 2012, making all qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for low interest emergency (EM) loans from 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.

 
Recent changes in the disaster program will provide faster and more flexible assistance to farmers devastated by natural disasters. There are three significant improvements related to Secretarial disaster designations: a final rule that simplifies the process for Secretarial disaster designations and will result in a 40 percent reduction in processing time for most counties affected by disasters; a reduced interest rate for emergency loans that effectively lowers the current rate from 3.75 percent to 2.25 percent; and a payment reduction on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands qualified for emergency haying and grazing in 2012, from 25 to 10 percent.

 
USDA encourages all farmers to contact their crop insurance companies and local FSA offices, as applicable, to report damages to crops or livestock loss. In addition, USDA reminds livestock producers to keep thorough records of losses, including additional expenses for such things as feed purchased due to lost supplies. Additional resources to help farmers deal with drought may be found at http://www.usda.gov/disaster.
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