(Boise, Idaho), June 25, 2015 — Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) designated Clark and Jefferson counties in Idaho as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by drought. This brings the total Idaho Counties that carry Primary Disaster Designations to 15.

USDA Adds Two More Idaho Counties to List of Primary Disaster Areas

Idaho State FSA Office
9173 West Barnes, Ste. B
Boise, ID 83709
208-378-5655
candy.moore@id.usda.gov

    
(Boise, Idaho), June 25, 2015 — Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) designated Clark and Jefferson counties in Idaho as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by drought. This brings the total Idaho Counties that carry Primary Disaster Designations to 15.


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

Bingham, Bonneville, Butte, Fremont, Lemhi and Madison.

Farmers and ranchers in Beaverhead County in Montana also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their county is contiguous.

All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas on June 24, 2015, making all qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for low interest emergency (EM) loans from USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), 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.

Additional programs available to assist farmers and ranchers include the Emergency Conservation Program, The Livestock Forage Disaster Program, the Livestock Indemnity Program, the 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.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (866) 632-9992 (Toll-free Customer Service), (800) 877-8339 (Local or Federal relay), (866) 377-8642 (Relay voice users).