WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2017 — In response to a request from Jacqueline Johnson, Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) acting State Executive Director in California, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 24 counties in California as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought.

USDA Designates 24 Counties in California as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

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

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2017 — In response to a request from Jacqueline Johnson, Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) acting State Executive Director in California, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 24 counties in California as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought. Those counties are:

CalaverasMaderaRiversideSanta Barbara
FresnoMariposaSan BenitoSanta Clara
InyoMercedSan BernardinoStanislaus
KernMonoSan DiegoTulare
KingsMontereySan JoaquinTuolumne
Los AngelesOrangeSan Luis ObispoVentura

Farmers and ranchers in Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Contra Costa, Imperial, Sacramento, San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties in California also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous.

All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas on Feb. 23, 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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