WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2015 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 55 counties in California as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought. Those counties are:

USDA Designates 55 Counties in California as Primary Natural Disaster Areas With Assistance to Producers in Surrounding States

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Release No. 0007.15

Contact:  Latawnya Dia
(202) 690-7962
Latawnya.Dia@wdc.usda.gov

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2015 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 55 counties in California as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought. Those counties are: 

Alameda

Lake

Placer

Sierra

Alpine

Lassen

Plumas

Siskiyou

Amador

Los Angeles

Riverside

Solano

Butte

Madera

Sacramento

Sonoma

Calaveras

Marin

San Benito

Stanislaus

Colusa

Mariposa

San Bernadino

Sutter

Contra Costa

Mendocino

San Diego

Tehama

El Dorado

Merced

San Joaquin

Trinity

Fresno

Modoc

San Luis Obispo

Tulare

Glenn

Mono

San Mateo

Tuolumne

Humboldt

Monterey

Santa Barbara

Ventura

Inyo

Napa

Santa Clara

Yolo

Kern

Nevada

Santa Cruz

Yuba

Kings

Orange

Shasta

“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 Del Norte, Imperial and San Francisco counties in California also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous.

Farmers and ranchers in the following counties and city 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

Carson City

Clark

Douglas

Esmeralda

Lyon

Mineral

Nye

Washoe

  Oregon

Jackson

Josephine

Klamath

Lake

 All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas on Feb. 4, 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 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

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