WASHINGTON, Sept. 23, 2015 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 45 counties in Mississippi as primary natural disaster areas in two separate disasters.

USDA Designates 45 Counties in Mississippi as Primary Natural Disaster Areas With Assistance to Producers in Surrounding States

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WASHINGTON, Sept. 23, 2015 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 45 counties in Mississippi as primary natural disaster areas in two separate disasters.

Disaster 1: USDA has designated 37 counties in Mississippi as primary disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rainfall, flash flooding and prolonged flooding that occurred from April 1, 2015, through July 6, 2015. Those counties are:

Adams

Coahoma

Marshall

Sunflower

Alcorn

George

Monroe

Tishomingo

Attala

Holmes

Montgomery

Union

Bolivar

Issaquena

Noxubee

Walthall

Calhoun

Itawamba

Oktibbeha

Warren

Carroll

Jackson

Panola

Webster

Chickasaw

Jefferson

Pontotoc

Wilkinson

Choctaw

Lee

Prentiss

Claiborne

Leflore

Quitman

Clay

Lowndes

Sharkey

"Our hearts go out to those Mississippi 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 Mississippi 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 Mississippi also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Those counties are:

Amite

Kemper

Stone

Benton

Lafayette

Tallahatchie

Copiah

Lawrence

Tate

DeSoto

Leake

Tippah

Franklin

Lincoln

Tunica

Greene

Madison

Washington

Grenada

Marion

Winston

Harrison

Neshoba

Yalobusha

Hinds

Perry

Yazoo

Humphreys

Pike

The following counties and parishes in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Tennessee also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Those counties are:

Alabama

Colbert, Franklin, Lamar, Lauderdale, Marion, Mobile, Pickens and Sumter

Arkansas

Chicot, Desha and Phillips

Louisiana

Concordia, East Carroll, East Feliciana, Madison, Tensas, Washington and West Feliciana

Tennessee

Fayette, Hardeman, Hardin, McNairy and Shelby

Disaster 2: USDA has designated Hinds, Humphreys, Issaquena, Madison, Rankin, Sharkey, Warren and Yazoo counties in Mississippi as primary disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought.

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

Attala

Holmes

Scott

Sunflower

Claiborne

Leake

Simpson

Washington

Copiah

Leflore

Smith

Arkansas

Chicot

Louisiana

East Carroll, Madison and Tensas

All counties and parishes listed above were designated natural disaster areas on Sept. 23, 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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