USDA Designates 48 North Dakota 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 48 North Dakota 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.

State: North Dakota

Triggering Disaster #1: Drought that occurred during April 15, 2020 and continuing.

Application Deadline: December 27, 2021

Primary Counties Eligible:

Adams
Billings

Dunn
Golden Valley

Grant
Mercer

Stark
Williams

Contiguous Counties also Eligible:

  • North Dakota:

    Bowman
    Burke
    Divide

    Hettinger
    McKenzie
    McLean

    Morton
    Mountrail
    Oliver

    Sioux
    Slope

  • Montana: Fallon, Richland, Roosevelt, Sheridan and Wibaux
  • South Dakota: Corson, Harding and Perkins

Triggering Disaster #2: Drought, freeze and frost that occurred during July 15, 2020, and continuing.

Application Deadline: December 27, 2021

Primary Counties Eligible:

Bottineau
Divide

Kidder
McHenry

Pierce
Wells

Contiguous Counties also Eligible:

  • North Dakota:

    Benson
    Burke
    Burleigh
    Eddy
    Emmons

    Foster
    Logan
    McLean
    Renville
    Rolette

    Sheridan
    Stutsman
    Towner
    Ward
    Williams

  • Montana: Sheridan

Triggering Disaster #3: Drought, freeze and frost that occurred during April 15, 2020, and continuing.

Application Deadline: December 27, 2021

Primary Counties Eligible: Bowman and Slope

Contiguous Counties also Eligible:

  • North Dakota: Adams, Billings, Golden Valley, Hettinger and Stark
  • Montana: Fallon
  • South Dakota: Harding

Triggering Disaster #4: Frost that occurred September 7 through September 15, 2020.

Application Deadline: December 27, 2021

Primary Counties Eligible:

Burke
Burleigh

McLean
Mountrail

Renville
Rolette

Ward

Contiguous Counties also Eligible:

North Dakota:

Bottineau
Divide
Dunn
Emmons

Kidder
McHenry
McKenzie
Mercer

Morton
Oliver
Pierce

Sheridan
Towner
Williams


Triggering Disaster #5: Excessive moisture and rain that occurred January 1 through June 5, 2020.

Application Deadline: December 27, 2021

Primary Counties Eligible: Cavalier, Ramsey and Towner

Contiguous Counties also Eligible: Benson, Nelson, Pembina, Pierce, Rolette and Walsh


Triggering Disaster #6: Excessive moisture/rain and flooding that occurred January 1 through August 1, 2020.

Application Deadline: December 27, 2021

Primary Counties Eligible:

Barnes
Dickey
Eddy

Emmons
Foster
Grand Forks

Logan
Nelson
Sheridan

Walsh
Wells

Contiguous Counties also Eligible:

  • North Dakota:

    Benson
    Burleigh
    Cass
    Cavalier
    Griggs

    Kidder
    LaMoure
    McHenry
    McIntosh
    McLean

    Morton
    Pembina
    Pierce
    Ramsey
    Ransom

    Sargent
    Sioux
    Steele
    Stutsman
    Traill

  • Minnesota: Marshall and Polk
  • South Dakota: Brown, Campbell, Corson and McPherson

Triggering Disaster #7: Excessive moisture/rain, flooding and frost that occurred January 1 through September 15, 2020.

Application Deadline: December 27, 2021

Primary Counties Eligible:

Benson
Cass
Griggs

LaMoure
McHenry
McIntosh

Pembina
Ransom
Sargent

Steele
Stutsman
Traill

Primary Counties Eligible:

  • North Dakota:

    Barnes
    Bottineau
    Cavalier
    Dickey
    Eddy
    Emmons
    Foster

    Grand Forks
    Kidder
    Logan
    McLean
    Nelson
    Pierce
    Ramsey

    Renville
    Richland
    Sheridan
    Towner
    Walsh
    Ward
    Wells

  • Minnesota: Clay, Kittson, Marshall, Norman and Polk
  • South Dakota: Brown, Campbell, McPherson, Marshall and Roberts

Triggering Disaster #8: Excessive moisture/rain and frost that occurred during April 15 through June 5, 2020.

Application Deadline: December 27, 2021

Primary Counties Eligible: Kidder

Contiguous Counties also Eligible:

North Dakota: Burleigh, Emmons, Logan, Sheridan, Stutsman and Wells


Triggering Disaster #9: Hail that occurred July 24, 2020.

Application Deadline: December 27, 2021

Primary Counties Eligible: Sioux

Contiguous Counties also Eligible:

  • North Dakota: Adams, Emmons, Grant and Morton
  • South Dakota: Corson

Triggering Disaster #10: Hail that occurred August 12, 2020.

Application Deadline: December 27, 2021

Primary Counties Eligible: Sioux

Contiguous Counties also Eligible:

  • North Dakota: Adams, Emmons, Grant and Morton
  • South Dakota: Corson

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

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