Des Moines, Iowa – September 13, 2016 – Iowa State Executive Director for USDA Farm Service Agency, John R Whitaker, announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated five Iowa counties as part of a Secretarial Natural Disaster Designation. Farm operators who have suffered major production and/or physical losses caused by excessive rain, hail and high winds occurring June 21, 2016 through June 22, 2016 may be eligible for low-interest emergency loans.

USDA Announces Five Iowa Counties as Part of Secretarial Natural Disaster Designation

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Brian Gossling
(515) 254-1540

DES MOINES, Iowa – September 13, 2016 – Iowa State Executive Director for USDA Farm Service Agency, John R. Whitaker, announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated five Iowa counties as part of a Secretarial Natural Disaster Designation. Farm operators who have suffered major production and/or physical losses caused by excessive rain, hail and high winds occurring June 21, 2016 through June 22, 2016 may be eligible for low-interest emergency loans. 

A Secretarial Natural Disaster Designation has been issued for Muscatine County, Iowa as the primary disaster area. Cedar, Johnson, Louisa and Scott counties are contiguous to the designated disaster area, making these producers also potentially eligible for program based on this designation. 

The Farm Service Agency may make Emergency Loans to eligible family farmers which will enable them to return to their normal operations if they sustained qualifying losses resulting from natural disaster. Physical loss loans may be made to eligible farmers to enable them to repair or replace damaged or destroyed physical property, including livestock losses, essential to the success of the farming operation.  Examples of property commonly affected include; essential farm buildings, fixtures to real estate, equipment, livestock, perennial crops, fruit and nut bearing trees, and harvested or stored crops. For production loss loans, the disaster yield must be at least

30 percent below the normal production yield of the crop, on a crop or crops that make up a basic part of the total farming operation.

Applicant must be unable to obtain credit from other usual sources to qualify for the Farm Service Agency Farm Loan Program assistance. The interest rate for emergency loans is 3.125%.  Each applicant applying for credit will be given equal consideration without regard to race, creed, color, marital status, or national origin. 

The repayment for most disaster loans are based on the useful life of the security, the applicant’s repayment ability, and the type of loss. If the loan is secured only on crops, it must be repaid when the next crop year’s income is received. Loans to replace fixtures to real estate may be scheduled for repayment for up to 40 years. 

The final date for making application under this designation is April 10, 2017.

Interested farmers may contact their local County FSA office for further information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for these and other programs. Information can also be found on-line at www.fsa.usda.gov

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