WASHINGTON, May 17, 2017 — In response to a request from Robin Talley, Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) acting State Executive Director in Delaware, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated two counties in Delaware as primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by multiple disasters that occurred during the 2016 crop year.

USDA Designates Two Counties in Delaware as Primary Natural Disaster Areas with Assistance to Producers in Maryland

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WASHINGTON, May 17, 2017 — In response to a request from Robin Talley, Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) acting State Executive Director in Delaware, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated two counties in Delaware as primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by multiple disasters that occurred during the 2016 crop year.

Designation Number 1: USDA has designated Kent and Sussex counties in Delaware as primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by drought that occurred from June 1, 2016, through Sept. 29, 2016.

Farmers and ranchers in New Castle County in Delaware also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their county is contiguous.

Farmers and ranchers in Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Wicomico and Worcester counties in Maryland also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous.

Designation Number 2: USDA has designated Kent and Sussex counties in Delaware as primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by excessive rain that occurred from Sept. 29, 2016, through Oct. 10, 2016.

Farmers and ranchers in New Castle County in Delaware also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their county is contiguous.

Farmers and ranchers in Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Wicomico and Worcester counties in Maryland also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous.

All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas on May 16, 2017, making all qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for FSA’s low interest 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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