In response to a request from Jacqueline McCloud, Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) acting State Executive Director in Alabama, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 67 counties in Alabama as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought.

USDA Designates 67 Counties in Alabama as Primary Natural Disaster Areas with Assistance to Producers in Surrounding States

For Immediate Release
February 27, 2017

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Florida/Virgin Islands Farm Service Agency
PO Box 141030
Gainesville, Florida 32614-1030
http://www.fsa.usda.gov/fl

Contact:
Janet Wright
352-379-4518
janet.wright@fl.usda.gov

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2017 — In response to a request from Jacqueline McCloud, Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) acting State Executive Director in Alabama, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 67 counties in Alabama as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought. Those counties are:

AutaugaConecuhHoustonMorgan
BaldwinCoosaJacksonPerry
BarbourCovingtonJeffersonPickens
BibbCrenshawLamarPike
BlountCullmanLauderdaleRandolph
BullockDaleLawrenceRussell
ButlerDallasLeeSt. Clair
CalhounDeKalbLimestoneShelby
ChambersElmoreLowndesSumter
CherokeeEscambiaMaconTalladega
ChiltonEtowahMadisonTallapoosa
ChoctawFayetteMarengoTuscaloosa
ClarkeFranklinMarionWalker
ClayGenevaMarshallWashington
CleburneGreeneMobileWilcox
CoffeeHaleMonroeWinston
ColbertHenryMontgomery 

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

Florida

EscambiaJacksonSanta Rosa
HolmesOkaloosaWalton

Georgia

CarrollEarlyHeardSeminole
ChattahoocheeFloydMuscogeeStewart
ChattoogaHaralsonPolkTroup
ClayHarrisQuitmanWalker
Dade   

Mississippi

ClarkeJacksonMonroe
GeorgeKemperNoxubee
GreeneLauderdaleTishomingo
ItawambaLowndesWayne

Tennessee

FranklinHardinLincolnWayne
GilesLawrenceMarion 

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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