USDA Designates 50 California Counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

This Secretarial natural disaster designation allows the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) to extend much-needed emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters through emergency loans. 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. FSA will review the loans based on the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability.

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USDA Designates 50 California Counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

This Secretarial natural disaster designation allows the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) to extend much-needed emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters through emergency loans. 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. FSA will review the loans based on the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability.

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor (see http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/), these counties suffered from a drought intensity value during the growing season of 1) D2 Drought-Severe for 8 or more consecutive weeks or 2) D3 Drought-Extreme or D4 Drought-Exceptional.

State: California

Triggering Disaster: Drought

Application Deadline: November 5, 2021

Primary Counties Eligible:

Alameda
Alpine
Amador
Butte
Calaveras
Colusa
Contra Costa
Del Norte
El Dorado
Fresno

Glenn
Humboldt
Imperial
Inyo
Kern
Kings
Lake
Lassen
Los Angeles
Madera

Marin
Mariposa
Mendocino
Merced
Modoc
Mono
Napa
Nevada
Placer
Plumas

Riverside
Sacramento
San Bernardino
San Francisco
San Joaquin
San Mateo
Santa Clara
Shasta
Sierra
Siskiyou

Solano
Sonoma
Stanislaus
Sutter
Tehama
Trinity
Tulare
Tuolumne
Yolo
Yuba

Contiguous Counties also Eligible:

California: Monterey, Orange, San Benito, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz and Ventura

Arizona: La Paz, Mohave and Yuma

Nevada: Clark, Douglas, Esmeralda, Lyon, Mineral, Nye, Washoe and Carson City

Oregon: Curry, Jackson, Josephine, Klamath and Lake

For more information on FSA disaster assistance programs or to find your local USDA Service Center visit farmers.gov/recover.

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