WASHINGTON, April 22, 2019 — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated 12 West Virginia counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers in Braxton, Calhoun, Clay, Jackson, Mason, Nicholas, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Webster, Wirt and Wood counties who suffered losses caused by the combined effects of excessive rain, flash flooding, flooding, Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael, during the period of April 1, 2018 through Dec. 31, 2018, may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans.

USDA Designates 12 West Virginia Counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

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Emergency Support to Producers in Surrounding Counties/Border State Also Available

WASHINGTON, April 22, 2019 — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated 12 West Virginia counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers in Braxton, Calhoun, Clay, Jackson, Mason, Nicholas, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Webster, Wirt and Wood counties who suffered losses caused by the combined effects of excessive rain, flash flooding, flooding, Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael, during the period of April 1, 2018, through Dec. 31, 2018, may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans

This natural disaster designation allows FSA to extend much-needed emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters. Emergency loans can be used to meet various recovery needs including the replacement of essential items such as equipment or livestock, reorganization of a farming operation or the refinance of certain debts. 

Producers in the contiguous West Virginia counties of Cabell, Doddridge, Fayette, Gilmer, Greenbrier, Kanawha, Lewis, Pocahontas, Putnam, Randolph, Tyler and Upshur, along with Athens, Gallia, Meigs and Washington counites in Ohio, are also eligible to apply for emergency loans. 

The deadline to apply for these emergency loans is Dec. 10, 2019. 

FSA will review the loans based on the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability. 

FSA has a variety of additional programs to help farmers recover from the impacts of this disaster. FSA programs that do not require a disaster declaration include: Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program; Emergency Conservation Program; Livestock Forage Disaster Program; Livestock Indemnity Program; Operating and Farm Ownership Loans; and the Tree Assistance Program

Farmers may contact their local USDA service center for further information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for these and other programs. Additional information is also available online at https://www.farmers.gov/recover.

 

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