WASHINGTON, July 12, 2017 — In response to a request from Kimberly Viers, Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) acting State Executive Director in Missouri, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 24 counties in Missouri as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by excessive rainfall and flooding that occurred from April 24, 2017, through May 11, 2017.

USDA Designates 24 Counties in Missouri as Primary Natural Disaster Areas with Assistance to Producers in Surrounding States

Latawnya Dia
202-720-7962
Latawnya.Dia@wdc.usda.gov

WASHINGTON, July 12, 2017 — In response to a request from Kimberly Viers, Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) acting State Executive Director in Missouri, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 24 counties in Missouri as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by excessive rainfall and flooding that occurred from April 24, 2017, through May 11, 2017. Those counties are:

 Bollinger Jasper Pemiscot
 Butler  Jefferson Phelps
 Cape Girardeau  Laclede Pulaski
 Crawford Madison Ripley
 Dunklin  Maries Ste. Genevieve
 Franklin Miller  St. Louis
 Gasconade Montgomery Stoddard
 Iron  Osage Wayne

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

 Audrain Dallas  Newton Scott 
 Barton  Dent Oregon Texas
 Callaway Lawrence Perry Warren
 Camden Lincoln Pike Washington
 Carter Moniteau Reynolds Webster
 Cole Morgan St. Charles Wright
 Dade New Madrid St. Francois St. Louis City

Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas and Tennessee also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Those counties are:

Arkansas
Clay, Craighead, Greene, Mississippi and Randolph

Illinois
Alexander, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair and Union

Kansas
Cherokee and Crawford

Tennessee
Dyer and Lake

All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas on July 6, 2017, making all qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for FSA’s emergency (EM) loans, 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. FSA has a variety of programs, in addition to the EM loan program, to help eligible farmers recover from adversity.

Other FSA programs that can provide assistance, but do not require a disaster declaration, include Operating and Farm Ownership Loans; the Emergency Conservation Program; Livestock Forage Disaster Program; Livestock Indemnity Program; Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program; and the Tree Assistance Program. 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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