WASHINGTON, Sept. 17, 2014 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 42 counties in California as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a drought that occurred from Jan. 1, 2014 and continues.

USDA Designates 42 Counties in California as Primary Natural Disaster Areas With Assistance to Producers in Surrounding States

Release 0147.14

Latawnya Dia
202-720-7962
Latawnya.Dia@wdc.usda.gov

WASHINGTON, Sept. 17, 2014 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 42 counties in California as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a drought that occurred from Jan. 1, 2014 and continues.     

Those counties are:     

Alameda

Kern

Monterey

Sierra

Alpine

Kings

Orange

Siskiyou

Amador

Lassen

Plumas

Sonoma

Butte

Los Angeles

San Benito

Stanislaus

Calaveras

Madera

San Bernardino

Tehama

Colusa

Marin

San Joaquin

Trinity

Contra Costa

Mariposa

San Luis Obispo

Tulare

El Dorado

Mendocino

Santa Barbara

Tuolumne

Fresno

Merced

Santa Clara

Ventura

Glenn

Modoc

Shasta

Yolo

Inyo

Mono

 

 

“Our hearts go out to those California 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 California 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 California also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Those counties are:     

Del Norte

Placer

San Mateo

Humboldt

Riverside

Santa Cruz

Lake

Sacramento

Solano

Napa

San Diego

Sutter

Nevada

San Francisco

Yuba

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

Arizona   

La Paz and Mohave   

Nevada   

Clark, Douglas, Esmeralda, Lyon, Mineral, Nye and Washoe   

Oregon   

Jackson, Josephine, Klamath and Lake       

All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas on Sept. 17, 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, 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.       

FSA news releases are available on FSA’s website at www.fsa.usda.gov via the “Newsroom” link.     

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