WASHINGTON, May 14, 2018 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 10 counties in Kansas as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought. Those counties are:

USDA Designates 10 Counties in Kansas as Primary Natural Disaster Areas with Assistance to Producers in Colorado

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WASHINGTON, May 14, 2018 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 10 counties in Kansas as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought. Those counties are:

 

Ellis

Lane

Ottawa

Scott

Wallace

Greeley

Lincoln

Russell

Trego

Wichita

 

Farmers and ranchers in the contiguous counties in Kansas also qualify for natural disaster assistance. Those counties are:

 

Barton

Gove

Ness

Clay

Graham

Osborne

Cloud

Hamilton

Rooks

Dickinson

Kearny

Rush

Ellsworth

Logan

Saline

Finney

Mitchell

Sherman

 

Farmers and ranchers in the contiguous counties of Cheyenne, Kiowa, Kit Carson and Prowers in Colorado also qualify for natural disaster assistance.

 

Qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for the Farm Service Agency’s (FSA’s) emergency (EM) loans, provided eligibility requirements are met. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration of May 3, 2018, 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 the impacts of this disaster.

 

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.

 

FSA news releases are available on FSA’s website at www.fsa.usda.gov via the “Newsroom” link.

 

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