WASHINGTON, Aug. 26, 2015 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 98 counties in Missouri as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rainfall and flooding that occurred from March 1, 2015, and continues. Those counties are:

USDA Designates 98 Counties in Missouri as Primary Natural Disaster Areas with Assistance to Producers in Surrounding States

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WASHINGTON, Aug. 26, 2015 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 98 counties in Missouri as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rainfall and flooding that occurred from March 1, 2015, and continues. Those counties are:

Adair

Crawford

Lincoln

Pulaski

Andrew

Dade

Linn

Putnam

Atchison

Dallas

Livingston

Ralls

Audrain

Daviess

McDonald

Randolph

Barry

DeKalb

Macon

Ray

Barton

Dent

Maries

Ripley

Bates

Dunklin

Marion

St. Charles

Benton

Franklin

Mercer

St. Clair

Bollinger

Gasconade

Miller

Ste. Genevieve

Boone

Gentry

Mississippi

St. Francois

Buchanan

Greene

Moniteau

St. Louis

Butler

Grundy

Monroe

Saline

Caldwell

Harrison

Montgomery

Schuyler

Callaway

Henry

Morgan

Scotland

Camden

Hickory

New Madrid

Scott

Cape Girardeau

Holt

Newton

Shelby

Carroll

Howard

Nodaway

Stoddard

Cass

Jackson

Osage

Sullivan

Cedar

Jasper

Pemiscot

Vernon

Chariton

Jefferson

Perry

Warren

Clark

Johnson

Pettis

Wayne

Clay

Knox

Phelps

Webster

Clinton

Laclede

Pike

Worth

Cole

Lafayette

Platte

 

Cooper

Lewis

Polk

 

“Our hearts go out to those Missouri farmers and ranchers affected by recent natural disasters,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “President Obama and I are committed to ensuring that agriculture remains a bright spot in our nation’s economy by sustaining the successes of America’s farmers, ranchers, and rural communities through these difficult times. We’re also telling Missouri producers that USDA stands with you and your communities when severe weather and natural disasters threaten to disrupt your livelihood.”

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

Carter

Lawrence

Shannon

Washington

Christian

Madison

Stone

Wright

Douglas

Oregon

Texas

St. Louis City

Iron

Reynolds

  

Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Tennessee also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Those counties are:

Arkansas

   

Benton

Clay

Greene

Randolph

Carroll

Craighead

Mississippi

 

 

Illinois

   

Adams

Hancock

Madison

Randolph

Alexander

Jackson

Monroe

St. Clair

Calhoun

Jersey

Pike

Union

 

Iowa

   

Appanoose

Fremont

Ringgold

Van Buren

Davis

Lee

Taylor

Wayne

Decatur

Page

  

 

Kansas

   

Atchison

Crawford

Leavenworth

Miami

Bourbon

Doniphan

Linn

Wyandotte

Cherokee

Johnson

  

 

Kentucky

   

Ballard

Carlisle

Fulton

Hickman

 

Nebraska

  

Nemaha

Otoe

Richardson

 

Oklahoma

 

Delaware

Ottawa

 

Tennessee

 

Dryer

Lake

All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas on Aug. 26, 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.

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