For Immediate Release
August 12, 2015

 
Contact:
Kent Politsch (202) 720-7163

 
USDA Designates 53 Counties in Indiana as Primary Natural Disaster Areas With Assistance to Producers in Surrounding States

 
WASHINGTON, Aug. 12, 2015 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 53 counties in Indiana as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rain and flooding that occurred during the period of May 1, 2015, and continues. Those counties are:

 
Adams
Hendricks
LaPorte
Randolph
Allen
Henry
Madison
Ripley
Bartholomew
Howard
Marion
St. Joseph
Blackford
Huntington
Marshall
Scott
Boone
Jackson
Miami
Starke
Brown
Jasper
Monroe
Sullivan
Cass
Jay
Montgomery
Switzerland
Clay
Jefferson
Newton
Tippecanoe
Dearborn
Jennings
Ohio
Vigo
Delaware
Johnson
Pike
Wabash
Fountain
Knox
Porter
Washington
Gibson
Kosciusko
Pulaski
Wayne
Grant
Lake
Putnam
Wells
Greene

 
"Our hearts go out to those Indiana farmers 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 and rural communities through these difficult times. We're also telling Indiana producers that USDA stands with you and your communities when severe weather and natural disasters threaten to disrupt your livelihood."

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

 
Benton
DeKalb
Hamilton
Orange
Union
Carroll
Dubois
Hancock
Owen
Vanderburgh
Clark
Elkhart
Harrison
Parke
Vermillion
Clinton
Fayette
Lawrence
Posey
Warren
Crawford
Floyd
Martin
Rush
Warrick
Daviess
Franklin
Morgan
Shelby
White
Decatur
Fulton
Noble
Tipton
Whitley

 
Farmers in the following counties in Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Those counties are:

 
Illinois
Clark, Cook, Crawford, Edgar, Iroquois, Kankakee, Lawrence, Wabash, White and Will

 
Kentucky
Boone, Carroll, Gallatin and Trimble

 
Michigan
Berrien and Cass

 
Ohio
Butler, Darke, Defiance, Hamilton, Mercer, Paulding, Preble and Van Wert

 
All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas on Aug. 12, 2015, 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 include the Emergency Conservation Program, The Livestock Forage Disaster Program, the Livestock Indemnity Program, the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program, and the Tree 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.

 
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