WASHINGTON, Oct. 17, 2017 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 19 counties in Florida as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by Hurricane Irma that occurred from Sept. 9, 2017, through Sept.12, 2017.

USDA Designates 19 Counties in Florida as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

Release No. 0126.17

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


USDA Designates 19 Counties in
Florida as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

WASHINGTON, Oct. 17, 2017 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 19 counties in Florida as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by Hurricane Irma that occurred from Sept. 9, 2017, through Sept.12, 2017. Those counties are:

Alachua

Gilchrist

Indian River

Monroe

Bradford

Glades

Lake

Osceola

Broward

Hendry

Lee

Palm Beach

Charlotte

Highlands

Marion

Sumter

Collier

Hillsborough

Miami-Dade

 

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

Baker

Lafayette

Polk

Brevard

Levy

Putnam

Citrus

Manatee

St. Lucie

Clay

Martin

Sarasota

Columbia

Okeechobee

Seminole

DeSoto

Orange

Suwannee

Dixie

Pasco

Union

Hardee

Pinellas

Volusia

Hernando

 

 

All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas on Oct. 13, 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

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

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