Montgomery, December 11, 2015 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 13 counties in Alabama as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rainfall, winds, and flooding that occurred during the period of Sept. 1 through Nov. 20, 2015.

USDA Designates 13 Counties in Alabama as Primary Natural Disaster Areas with Assistance to Producers in Surrounding Areas

Alabama State Farm Service Agency
4121 Carmichael Road, Suite 600
Montgomery, AL 36106
Voice: 334-279-3500
Email: Vickie.lane@al.usda.gov
Website: http://www.fsa.usda.gov/al
Daniel Robinson, State Executive Director

Contact: Vickie A. Lane
Phone: 334-279-3501

Montgomery, December 11, 2015 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 13 counties in Alabama as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rainfall, winds, and flooding that occurred during the period of Sept. 1 through Nov. 20, 2015. Those counties are:

BullockButlerChambersConecuhCovingtonCrenshaw 
EscambiaGenevaHenryHoustonMaconPikeRussell

"Our hearts go out to those Alabama farmers and ranchers affected by recent natural disasters," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "President Obama and I are committed to ensuring that agriculture remains a bright spot in our nation's economy by sustaining the successes of America's farmers, ranchers and rural communities through these difficult times. We're also telling Alabama producers that USDA stands with you and your communities when severe weather and natural disasters threaten to disrupt your livelihood."

Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Alabama also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Those counties are:

BaldwinElmoreMontgomery
BarbourLeeRandolph
CoffeeLowndesTallapoosa
DaleMonroeWilcox

Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Florida and Georgia also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Those counties are:

Florida

Escambia, Holmes, Jackson, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, and Walton.

Georgia

Chattahoochee, Clay, Early, Harris, Muscogee, Seminole, Stewart, and Troup.

All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas on Dec. 9, 2015, making all qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for low interest emergency (EM) loans from USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA), provided eligibility requirements are met. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses. FSA will consider each loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability.

Interested farmers may contact their local USDA Service Centers for further information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for these and other programs. Additional information is also available online at http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov.

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