USDA Designates 16 South 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 16 South 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.

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.

Impacted Area: South Dakota

Triggering Disaster: Drought

Application Deadline: Feb. 25, 2022

Primary Counties Eligible:

AuroraCharles Mix HydeStanley
Bon Homme DouglasLincolnSully
BrownGregoryLymanUnion
BruleHughesPenningtonYankton

Contiguous Counties Also Eligible:
South Dakota:

BuffaloHandMellette
ClayHutchinsonMinnehaha
CusterJacksonOglala Lakota
DavisonJerauldPotter
DayJonesSanborn
DeweyLawrenceSpink
EdmundsMcPhersonTripp
FaulkMarshallTurner
HaakonMeadeZiebach

Iowa: Lyon, Plymouth, Sioux and Woodbury
Nebraska: Boyd, Cedar, Dakota, Dixon, Keya Paha and Knox
North Dakota: Dickey and Sargent
Wyoming: Weston

More Resources
On farmers.gov, the Disaster Assistance Discovery Tool, Disaster-at-a-Glance fact sheet, and Farm Loan Discovery Tool can help you determine program or loan options. To file a Notice of Loss or to ask questions about available programs, contact your local USDA Service Center.

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