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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 Three Montana 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.

Impacted Area: Montana

Triggering Disaster #1: Hail that occurred on July 6, 2021

Application Deadline: May 20, 2022

Primary County Eligible: Toole

Contiguous Counties Also Eligible: Glacier, Liberty and Pondera

Triggering Disaster #2: Hail that occurred on July 11, 2021

Application Deadline: May 20, 2022

Primary Counties Eligible: Liberty and Toole

Contiguous Counties Also Eligible: Chouteau, Glacier, Hill and Pondera

Triggering Disaster #3: Hail that occurred on July 21, 2021

Application Deadline: May 20, 2022

Primary County Eligible: Toole

Contiguous Counties Also Eligible: Glacier, Liberty and Pondera

Triggering Disaster #4: Wildfire that occurred on Aug. 8 through Aug. 22, 2021

Application Deadline: May 20, 2022

Primary County Eligible: Rosebud

Contiguous Counties Also Eligible: Big Horn, Custer, Garfield, Musselshell, Petroleum, Powder River, Treasure and Yellowstone

More Resources

On farmers.gov, the Disaster Assistance Discovery ToolDisaster Assistance-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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